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Friday, January 4, 2019

One Word - Hope!

  A new year - 2019 - wow, I am getting old. Who would have thought - but I think it is even more interesting to think that next year will be 2020 - sounds very futuristic!
  Enough of that now.

  At our church here in Chattanooga, Covenant Presbyterian Church, there are a group of ladies who have been invited to join a Facebook group called One Word 2019. I have been invited this year and have joined the group.

 The idea is to study just One Word from God's Word, the Bible, for a whole year. I am excited to study my word - HOPE. If you need a "get-in-the-word" challenge - join me! Comment on this post with your word and we will spend 52 weeks finding our word in The Word to us from God - The Bible

  Each week I will give you my verse that talks about Hope that I have meditated on that week, along with photos of coloring pages I used and songs I listened too.

Week 1 - Romans 15:13 -  
New International Version (NIV)

    "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Key words: God, Hope, Joy, Peace, Trust, Overflow, Power, Holy Spirit

Favorite Commentary on Passage: Ligonier Commentary

Thoughts: This is a prayer asking God to fill me with Hope - God is my Hope and will provide me with Hope. How often do I forget to ask God for anything. Because I am full of sin I forget or loose my Hope on a regular basis, it is good to know I can ask for it, and God will even provide Hope that leads to joy and peace when I don't ask. Thinking about Hope regularly will lead to joy and peace and increase my Trust and then it will overflow into the rest of my life and those I connect with - Cool!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Creative Juices are flowing again

    I can't believe it has been a whole year since I have posted on our blog. It has been a year of changes in so many ways.

    We finished our mission term in Canada this past June and have been re-acclimating to the U.S. and our home in Chattanooga.

    Instead of giving you all the gory details, I would like to move our blog in a new direction.

    I want to share words, photos, verses, jokes, and maybe even a poem of Encouragement with you as I find them throughout the day, week, month and year.

    So enjoy the last weeks of 2017 with me as we count Down to the celebration of Jesus coming to earth and then count Up to the New Year.

    Ups and Downs - that's what life is made of - we need to Encourage each other as we travel through life.

   Thanks for following along.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The 12 Words of Christmas

 The 12 words the angels proclaimed as they first announced it—“A Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord”—thereby ending the apparent silence of God for the prior 400-plus years. With the birth of Jesus, each and every person could now know and have a real relationship with God.

    As he is relating the account, Pastor Louie Giglio maintains that the first Christmas was chaotic and came at the busiest time of year—on tax day. With that, the circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth were also less than perfect. He states that the only perfect things on the night that Jesus was born were the baby, and the message the angels gave announcing His birth.
(The Twelve Words of Christmas part 1, Louie Giglio)
(The Twelve Words of Christmas, part 2)
(The Twelve Words of Christmas, part 3)

  Mr. Giglio emphasizes his point well, that Jesus, the Savior of the World, had come for exactly that very reason—to land right in the middle of chaotic humanity and be the very presence of God. Giglio takes that particular thrust of the story and brings it to the forefront of people’s lives everywhere today. 

  Christmas is not necessarily a perfect time of life, but the perfect One Himself has come, and He is available and reaching out to each person in every kind of circumstance. 

  As some friends of ours reminded us:

       In the Christmas story in Matthew 1 and Luke 1-2 the angel that appears to the main characters of the story addresses all of them by saying, "Don't be afraid". 
      Today fear is gripping our world like a strong man grips a small boy's hand to hurt him. 
     We all feel it everyday. 
     BUT, the message of the Christmas story when personally believed releases us from fear and gives us a lasting inner peace forever! 
     The message is simple - The God of the Bible truly wants to "walk among us and be our God" , Leviticus 26:12.

Merry Christmas to all of you today!
(With a little scenery thrown in for those of our family
who live in the south!)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Longings and Disappointment

So it's coming down to a matter of hours now - 3 days = 72 hours.

 And if you aren't super busy and chaotic it can creep in - the Longings of times past and "the way it used to be".

This little book brings up some thoughts to muse on...

"Even in laughter the heart may ache." Proverbs 14:13
"Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, ...

is one who sings songs to a heavy heart." Proverbs 25:20

Think back on your Christmas past - 
when you were a kid and didn't know what a Credit Card was...

When you were a teenager and were invincible...

When your kid's faces lit up with the gifts you bought them...

And now...

the chair now empty

the family member who is only in a photo

the words you wish you could take back

"Each heart knows its own bitterness,
and no one else can share its joy."  Proverbs 14:10

Or maybe it's the elusive goal of Christmas Contentment...and the Disappointments that come instead.

Read the book of Ecclesiastes - that other book that Solomon had a hand in writing. The author who had everything still wonders what it's all about and why he even bothered.

So, this Christmas - don't, don't, DON'T forget that we have someone much better than Solomon and all his riches and wisdom to CELEBRATE!

   Looking forward to that 
Happy Birthday Jesus Party!!! 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas - A time for forgetting self.

"He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." Proverbs 11:25

"He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done." Proverbs 19:17

  This past Thursday, Howard and I went to the Lethbridge Correctional Center and brought Christmas to the inmates who are there during the holidays. They were given a paper bag colored by children from local schools, filled with cookies and treats, a tube of toothpaste, some Irish Spring soap and a bottle of Gatorade. Given in the name of Jesus with Christmas Carols sung and many handshakes given.

This coming Monday, December 19th, we will celebrate Christmas with our Amazing Kids and their families. It will be a packed house I am sure. We will sing, and eat - CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN ANYONE?,  and learn a bit about Jesus through the story of his birth. 

  Next Tuesday I will go again to the Lethbridge food bank and help hand out Christmas hampers to those in our area who are out of work during this time of year, or just need a little extra to make it through the month. I have been volunteering there since last June when a group of folks from Tennessee helped us get acquainted with their work. I meet so many great people and hear their stories.

    Tomorrow morning I will ask the kids of Amazing Grace Community Church what they think they need for Christmas during the lighting of the Advent candle. Pastor Rohan will share a message called Christmas is about A Savior – “Fulfillment of what you Need” 

 What do I really need for Christmas?   I need to get out of the house and move into the neighborhood....
  Just as Jesus did those many years ago.

The Word became a human being
and lived here with us.
We saw his true glory, 
the glory of the only Son
of the Father.

From him all the kindness
and all the truth of God
have come down to us.             
John 1:14 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Do I have to it "IT ALL" Done before Christmas?

What is this mysterious "ALL" that I am trying to get done before Christmas?  

Is it those Christmas Cards that haven't been sent? 

(You will be getting them before New Years!)

Is it our special holiday cookies that only make an appearance at Christmas? 

(I finally found the Andes mints and the cookies are baked and hidden)

Is it the preparations for those Christmas programs? The shopping that still needs to be done? The home-made gifts that are half finished. The dinner party to plan? The parties to attend?

Whatever it is, I know that each year I feel the same crunch in the week before Christmas. So it was refreshing to re-read the "little book" this morning where Steven Estes talks about Perfectionism.  I loved his reminder "God has bigger plans for you than the perfect dinner. That's why he lets things go wrong. He's saving your appetite for the perfect eternity"

"You can make many plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail"?  Proverbs 19:21

I may have designs for what I want my Christmas to look like, but I need to CHILL and let the unexpected happen - or not.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kids and Christmas!

     Day 4 in our little holiday book with musings from Proverbs has the theme of Children. Beginning with the familiar "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it" Proverbs 22:6

      Every Monday afternoon here in Lethbridge a small group of us bring together local children and spend time with them.  The Amazing Kids program has us sharing time, food, fun, and the gospel message with these kids. We are working on training children in the stories of Jesus.  

      This Monday the Kindergarten to 2nd graders donned costumes and practiced our little Christmas story to share with our parents next week at our annual Christmas Party.

      Enjoy some of our "dress-rehearsal" photos -  Remember to pray for our Amazing Kids and their families during this Christmas season. 

Mary, aka Selena

King Herod, aka Jigme

Soldier, aka Justice

Magi, aka Zakyra

Angel, aka Akayla

Angel, aka Chloe

Shepherd, aka Hader 
Joseph, aka Josie
"I don't want to be in the play", aka Kiya
(2nd year for her to say this - ha)

Inn Keeper, aka Loxie