All in all, it has been a pretty good year for us. Well, all except for Mom having that dreaded HINI flu. She really had it rough there for a while. We'll just have to stay away from pigs, I guess. Seriously, it HAS been a year filled with many blessings for which I am indeed thankful to my Heavenly Father. December was unusually filled with many sweet and unexpected blessings. Actually, the blessings started around Thanksgiving as I have already mentioned in another post. Thanksgiving was wonderful, I spent it with my Folks at The Golden Corral at my Mom's urging. Hey, she paid my way, so what can I say? ~ but 'thank-you', Mom. We went back to their house for the rest of the day. Then for Monday, I cooked the "bird" and all the trimmings. Mom and Dad came over to my house and ate with me, and then came back 2 more times for leftovers and sweet fellowship. After thanking the Lord for His goodness to us and acknowledging what Christmas is all about, ~ one of the nights that they were here, I threw the switch to the lights on my tree. The blessings just kept pouring in throughout the next days. I went to the church on the 1st Monday of December to help a dear friend put up the decorations in the auditorium and she took me and another precious young lady that helped, to the Cracker Barrel ~ oh joy ~ was that good! Then, my first cousins had a "Cousin Reunion" on one of the cousins' beautiful houseboat. Was that fun or what? Nine cousins showed up and it had been a while since some of us had seen each other. It was great to catch up. My family is precious. And that boat was gorgeous ~ what an experience for me! The blessings just continued on. Another precious lady at church sent me a message and asked if I would like a ticket to see the Christmas Spectacular at the Community Theater where she would be performing. She gave me the ticket-- "her pleasure"-- I believe was the way that she put it. She sings like an angel and I was more than a little excited to get to attend the Spectacular. Another blessing~I got to attend that Program with 2 other precious ladies at the church that I love, as well as one of my Sunday School kids!!! The Lord just kept pouring out His wonderful bounty of blessings to me as the month went on. My Mom and I went out ~ I took her shopping and she treated me to my favorite place-Chick-Fil-A. Couldn't beat that--good food and time with my Mom! Of course, we took my Dad something to eat ~ didn't leave him out. We then had our Christmas Cantata at our church on Sunday AM and then that PM, we had our Christmas Banquet. After eating a delicious meal, Pastor preached a powerful message from the Word of God. Now, we had some fun with a gift-giving game that was TOO funny! How I love my precious Church Family! I took my little Sunday School class out for lunch after church the Sunday before Christmas, and what fun we all had. My Mom went along to help me chaperone. We really had a blast with the precious children that the Lord has placed in my hands the responsibility of teaching HIS WORD to. What a joy and blessing that is all by itself. How I praise His name for entrusting me with that awesome duty! That is one of the biggest blessings of every week~ to teach the Bible to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders~that's JOY to my soul. Christmas Eve came ~ My beautiful daughter and grand baby called me ~ sheer JOY again. I was blessed throughout the day and night with 3 sets of neighbors stopping by to wish me Merry Christmas and to drop off a small gift, a token of GoodWill! How wonderfully precious! My Mom and Dad came over to celebrate with me. We had a wonderful time ~ they enjoyed themselves as well as I. My SISTER called during the evening and talked to all of us! All is very well, PeaceonEarth! Of course, the tradition goes on ~ every Christmas Eve, I call my one and only "grown" daughter around 11PM. Without saying a word, I rang the bells into the phone, just as we did all the years of her growing up ~only then she was tucked away in her bed, and the bells were rang either outside her window or somewhere in the house!! Come on, she is only 30 with a child of her own~my GRAND BABY~blessingis all I have to say there. Well, my daughter will always be my BABY and the bells will always ring as long as I'm able. Christmas Day finally arrives ~ my daughter called me again ~ several times, to be exact. A dear elderly Christian friend calls, one who is suffering from cancer that has unfortunately spread ~ but what a blessing she is!! My best friend of almost 52 years calls and we talk for a long time. Several others call. Mom and Dad came back over for more food, fellowship and fun. What a wonderful Day. Our Saviour's Birthday. What a wonderful month. Oh, wait. Yesterday, my sister and brother-in-law came down with 3 of my 4 precious neices as well as my 1year old Great-Neice! We celebrate again ~ going to Golden Corral ( Surprise ~ Dad has slipped me the money to pay for my meal!!) and then back to our Folks' for a sweet time of fellowship and gift-giving. Oh, heavy heart, they have to leave to travel back home before the weather gets bad AND one neice didn't get to come and my oldest neice had to come without her husband. But, no complaining here, my heart is overflowing with all the blessings that the Lord has so graciously and bountifully poured out on this most undeserving speck of dust. His goodness and mercy are everlasting. This is only the highlights of the many blessings that I have been the recipient of this month ~ there are too many to mention here. The most wonderful blessing of all, this SEASON and all SEASONS, is HISUNSPEAKABLEGIFT that He has so graciously given to all that will ask and accept. That GIFT is the gift of SALVATION provided by the most lovely and precious LordJesusChrist. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for this free gift You gave to me so freely some 45+ seasons ago. Help us, Dear Lord, if Thou dost tarry, to use this New Year to tell as many people as possible about the precious Gift of Salvation, so that they, too, can experience THY SweetHand of bountiful blessings. Happy New Year. Until We Meet Again...
This is December and it's a time of gift-giving. Some people are rich and are able to give big expensive gifts. Some of us are not so rich and the gifts we give are small -something inexpensive ~ maybe a homemade gift or just a card with "I love you" written on it. BUT, it's a gift ~ those gifts come from the heart. IICorinthians 9:15 says: "Thanks be to God for His Unspeakable Gift." Our Lord gave us the most precious Gift that we could ever receive. It cost the Lord everything to give us this Gift. Just imagine with me for a moment. The Lord and His Son, Jesus, strolling down one of the beautiful streets of gold in Heaven. Perhaps, Jesus said, "Listen, Father, to the music of the angels' choir, isn't it beautiful?" The Lord might have said, "Yes, Son, it is beautiful." They stroll on down a path of the most beautiful and fragrant flowers. The Lord says, "Come over here, Son." Jesus says, "Yes? Father." "It's time, Son. It's time for You to go to Earth to be born in a lowly manger." Jesus doesn't question, whine, or say: " No, I don't want to." He knows it is the will of the Father and He obediently nods His head, yes. He knows it is time to go-to leave Heaven and all its beauty and His Heavenly Father. But He knows that God is giving the world the most wonderful present ever given. Jesus will be born to a lovely young virgin, but in a few years He will die, giving the world the Unspeakable Gift. Jesus is the Unspeakable Gift. Oh, the angels REJOICE. For all the beauty of Heaven, the flowers, the sweet music, the streets of gold cannot compare to the beauty of Jesus. The angels know that Jesus is the SHINING LIGHT and the TRUE BEAUTY of Heaven. They know that He is leaving them for a while, but they rejoice knowing that He is going to be the SAVIOUR of the entire world. Yes, He was born in Bethlehem as a Baby in a manger. But, when He was about 33 years old, He agonizingly suffered, bled and died on the Cross to give us this Unspeakable Gift--the GiftofSalvation. That is the real Gift of Christmas. Mr. Vine, in his expository dictionary, suggested that unspeakable means "WORDS TOO SACRED TO BE UTTERED." Uttered means to: speak aloud; hard of interpertation; too hard for us to understand. It is hard for us to understand that God would give us such a GIFT. BUT, He did--for ALL to receive. Have you received this free, wonderful UNSPEAKABLE GIFT of grace through faith? It is yours for the asking. Merry Christmas. Until We Meet Again...
December! Is it really here again? Really, doesn't it just seem impossible that the twelveth month of the year has rolled around yet again? Nonetheless, I'm thrilled, so say the least. My holidays have already started out with some pretty sweet memories. My Mom and Dad and I went out for Thanksgiving. BUT I was determined to cook a turkey and all the fixings, so that's what I did. The folks came to my house on Monday, where we shared another meal and wonderful fellowship. Then on Tuesday, I actually got them to come back again~for leftovers! Since it was the first of December and I had the tree up, we had a "tree lighting ceremony", much to my delight!! The folks seemed to enjoy themselves and maybe all the festivites of this last week has helped put them in the Christmas Spirit as well. The Lord's bounty, His graciousness, and the Miracle of His Wondrous Birth are the reasons to celebrate. Yes, it is possible. December is really here! Until We Meet Again...
I'm in my mid-fifties(starting on the other side of mid, as of now.) I am a Mother and an adoring Gan-Gan. My daughter and granddaughter are the apples of my eye. My interests are far and wide. I love teaching Sunday School to little kids at my church--it is so rewarding. Family is everything, both kin and church family. What fellowship is to be had with both!! I am a girlie-girl who loves everything "PINK". My daughter tells me that I live in the "Original Barbie House" because of ALL the pink. And oh, did I mention my love of ROSES? Everything has got to have a rose motif on it. I love people and am concerned for their souls. My mission is to tell others about the Saving Grace of My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the shedding of HIS precious blood for all those that will believe. God loves HUMAN BEINGS!!! My own "Life Verse" is Romans 8:28- "For all things work together for the good of them that love God, to them who are the called according to HIS purpose." I want to be used according to His Precious, Perfect will for my life. My desire is to share my life's journey with YOU. What a pleasure it's going to be.
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Life is a wonderful journey, filled with all sorts of ups and downs and in betweens. There's always that very interesting person to meet right around the corner, or maybe it's a "just can't remember where I put the thing" kind of day. My blog is just that, life's little stories, no matter how quaint or unconsequential they be, you'll hear about it here. We can laugh, cry, or just muse about the day's events together. Yes, life is full of wonderful little happenings. I, for one, am interested in them and in YOU, my dear reader. Hence, this blog is born. Let us start our journey together, shall we?