Happy New Year’s Eve, Eve Everybody!!! We’ve been busy taking the Christmas decorations down and cleaning the house that way it’s all sparkly clean for 2017. It amazes me that the year has gone by so fast. But I guess the older you get the faster that it goes… Here’s some blessings from this past week.
1. Daddy’s done working for the year!!
We love chilling out as a family watching movies, playing games, and eating really good food. My Dad is finally done working for 2016. He’s got a few days off and then heads back in early January. We plan to enjoy them to the fullest making quite a few memories along the way.
2. New Year’s Eve Celebrations
In my family the holidays are always a big deal. We make them a family affair, and the start of a new year is no exception. Ususally we make some sort of themed meal or finger foods to munch on throughout the night. We play a few of our favorite games, put a movie in and watch the ball drop at midnight, This year we have decided to do a Mexican theme. We’re going to have Nachos, Taquitos, and ice cream.
3. The clean slate of a new year
I love the start of a new year. The idea that it’s a new page in a brand new book that we have yet to read. It reminds me of this Bible verse in Lamentations. “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV).
I’m also not much of a sports-y person. I’m not very coordinaated so, sports are not my strong suit. But, we got a pingpong table as a family gift for Christmas this year and to be honest; it’s actually kind of fun. I have a feeling we will be playing quite a bit of pingpong tomorrow. Something that I need to keep reminding myself of is that you don’t have to be perfect before you do something. The important thing is that you have fun doing it.
What are some of the blessings that you have noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below. Also what’s something that you are looking foward to in 2017? I’m looking foward to really mastering my camera and taking better pictures.
Until next time,
“God is our refuge and strength…” ~Psalm 46:1
Iron Mike is on Display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio
Hello Friends! In this last week of 2016 I’ve been doing a little thinking about the past year. There have been a lot of changes and opporitunites; some that I have taken and others that have been lost. This year has been good for me in many ways; I have learned a lot more about myself and my weaknesses. And I have learned that I need to rely more on God and not on my own strength to change.
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” ~Mark 14:38
God knows that man is weak; but He is stronger. He has given us His strength (See Isaiah 40:29-31). He has given us all that we need to resist temptation. We just have to use it.This reminded me of a sermon that our minister presented on Ephesians 6:13-18 which describes what we have called “The Whole Armor of God”. The Bible says that if we put on this armor we will be able to “…Stand against the schemes of the Devil.” (6:11).
Each piece of this armor is quite simple but when placed together and covered in constant prayer it helps us to put this life in the proper perspective and hold on to the hope that we have been given.
So, what is this armor?
- The truth found in God’s word (6:14)
- The righteousness of Jesus (6:14)
- The peace that passes understanding (6:15)
- Faith in God and His perfect plan (6:16)
- The salvation that is found in Him (6:17)
- The Word of God that is found in the Bible (6:17)
As we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 let’s put our armor on so that we will be able to stand firm against the Devil’s attacks.
Until next time.
**Photo taken at the National Museum of the United States Air Force**
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
Joy. It’s a small word with a big impact. Dictonary.com defines Joy as “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.”
It seems that as Christmas draws closer this little word is used a whole lot more. It’s used in advertising, on cards, and portrayed in various movies. This got me thinking; why is it only at Christmas that we are full of joy? Why can’t we have the “Christmas Spirit, if you will, all year long?
“Then the angel said to them. “Do not be afraid, for I bring you tidings of great joy which will be for all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.””
The joy that we have is simply because of Jesus. He came to the earth in the form of a needy baby. Grew up to teach us how to live. And then died a death that He didn’t deserve to save His beloved children from Satan’s clutch. Then three days later He rose from the grave just as He said He would, and He promised to give us His Spirit to guide us through this life (See Luke 1:31, Luke 2:52, John 13:15, Luke 23:41, 1 Corinthians 15:4, John 14;16).
This is the reason for our joy. This is why we can reamin joyful through even the toughest circumstances. I believe that being Joyful shouldn’t come to a screeching halt December 26th. It should be something that we carry with us all through the year. We should continue to spread this joy to as many as possible.
Until next time,
Good morning Friends! I hope that your week has been filled with a lot of Christmasy cheer. We have been busy wrapping, baking, and planning. Even during this sometimes stressful season there are many things to be thankful for.
1. It’s Christmas Eve
I’m not really sure what it is but there is just something so special about Christmas. There’s an excitement that fills the air while working together as a family to make Christmas Eve dinner and straighten the house. And a contentment while drinking cocoa and watching our Christmas Eve movie in front of the fire.
2. Getting new glasses
As you know last week I broke my glasses. I was using contacts until I could get in to get them fixed, On Monday I was very happy that the eye people were able just to pop the lens out and put them in a new set of frames. (:
3. Snowman Icecream
When I was little one of the local grocery stores sold flavored icecream in festive holiday shapes. We usually got a box or two around Christmas. As I got older they weren’t as easy to find. So I assumed that they had become a thing of the past until Thursday. Mom and Daddy had gone out to get the groceries for Christmas and as we were unloading the bags there were two boxes of festive icecream!! It made my day!
Until next time,
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about Christmas lately which I guess isn’t so surprising considering that Christmas Eve is Saturday. (Please tell me that you are as shocked as I am about this.) The thing that I’ve noticed personally is that I have very high expectations when it comes to Christmas.
I tend to want the house decked out like a movie set, roughly 6 dozen cookies to enjoy, and various festive snacks to munch on while watching as many Christmas movies as humanly possible during 24 days. As well as attending multiple service/festive events that surround the holiday. All while maintating a very festive, cheery, and somewhat “elf-ish” mood.
Especially this year I am learning that that’s not really possible. With the way that this house is designed we need less decorations to give it the Chrismas-y feel. I find that the less decorations that are out the more “old-fashioned” it feels. When we have made dozens of holiday cookies and snacks to enjoy over Christmas, We usually never eat all of them and end up thowing a lot of food away.
I keep being reminded again and again that real life isn’t like the movies. Sure there are triumphs and defeats but not every sad thing has a happy ending on this side of heaven. Sometimes I get so caught up in “living” other people’s lives that I forget how blessed I am.
God has richly blessed each and everyone of us. Most of the time we are just too busy to remember to look for His hand in our lives. We have a warm and snug house, healthy food to eat, clothes to wear, family and friends that love us and Jesus. In reality all we need is Jesus. If we have Him, we have all that we need.
I encourage you to lessen your holiday load a little. If you never eat all of the cookies or snacks don’t make as many. What good is it to make so many only to be too tired to enjoy them? The same can be said for decorations. This year we only decorated the main living areas and it’s so nice. The parts of the house that we spend the majority of our time are all decked out and the parts that we aren’t in as much don’t have any. And that’s okay.
Sometimes we just need to take a lesson from Jesus and lighten our loads. Taking up His yoke and giving Him each and every one of our worries. What does it accomplish to work so hard and be too tired to enjoy the fruits of your labor?
Until next time,
Good Afternoon everyone! So, I made a really stupid move today and ended up paying the consequences. This leads to the first blessing this week.
1. Having Contacts
Okay, I know that this may seem silly but it’s seriously a huge blessing because I broke my glasses. As I was getting ready this morning I had put my glasses on the floor while sitting in front of the mirror doing my hair and such. As I went to scooch closer to the mirror I felt something crunch under my knee. I was hoping that it was the cord to the flat iron but come to find out it was my glasses. 🙁 I had one pair of contacts left that I had opened a couple of months ago (I don’t wear them everyday) and until I can get in to replace them that’s what I will be using. So, I’m very thankful that I had them because I’m as blind as a bat without glasses or contacts. Have any of you broken your glasses? I’d love for you to share how in the comments below.
2. The “melting” snowman
Every year at Thanksgiving my Grandma has a craft table set up where us girls (or guys) can make a few simple crafts after dinner. This year she had the suppllies to make snowman salt and pepper shakers. Mom and I each made one and decided to sit them on the mantle. This morning we noticed that one of their scarves was slipping down making it appear as though it was “melting”. Evidently that’s what happens when you stick a snowman on the mantle. 😉
3. Trinty’s reaction to sad, sappy songs
So the dog hates listening to sad, sappy songs on the radio! Yes, I am aware of how crazy that sounds but listen to this. The other day I put a CD in the player that played slow, somewhat sad songs and she whinned through the entire thing! Once I took it out and put something more peppy in she laid down and went to sleep. We just thought that it was the particular artist until today when we put in a different mostly peppy CD that played one slow somewhat sad song and she whined until we changed the song.
4. Getting our Christmas Card pictures
I don’t know about your family but in my family taking a cooridated picture with everyone looking coherent and happy is quite the challenge especially when you factor in two cats and a puppy. So, this year Mom decided to do something different. She thought that it would be less stressful and more interesting if we did a more candid shot. And you know what? It worked. We had a lot more fun and had more photos that we could actually use. (:
I hope that you all had a fantistc week filled with laughs and Christmas cheer. What are some of the little blessings that you noticed in your life this past week? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below.
Until next time,
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…”
~1 John 4:18a
I’ve heard it said that people have two very different responses to fear; they either let it motivate them or they freeze. As much as I hate to admit it I usually end up frozen by fear. I come up with these great ideas and then think of every single potential problem that could maybe, just possibly, hypothetically happen. And then I let all of those potential hypothetical problems stop me in my tracks.
For me, when I lay in bed at night and feel like I have forgetten to do something I have realized that that’s when God is telling me that I’m not following His plan for my life. The reason that I’m not is simple. Fear. I have let the fear of what could go wrong rob me from the joy of what could go right.
“My grace is sufficent for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness..”
~2 Corinthians 12:9a
I also tend to be a perfectionist. I don’t want to do anything until I can make sure to do it just right. I didn’t talk until I could talk in sentences. I didn’t walk until I could walk across the floor. But what I am learning is that God doesn’t call us to be perfect. He calls us to be His child (See 1 John 3: 1-2). We in our own power will NEVER BE PERFECT. We are only perfect though the blood of Jesus (See Hebrews 10:10 + 1 Peter 1:18-19). He tells us not to fear, but to trust Him. He knows exactly what we need and that if we seek Him first He will supply what is lacking (See Matthew 6:25-34).
I encourage you to take a look at your life and see what is stopping you from fulfulling your dream. Don’t be frozen by the fear of what could go wrong. Instead seek the Kingdom of Jesus and know that He will supply everything that you need all you (and i) have to do is to trust His word.
Until next time,
Ohmygoodness! It’s been a little crazy around here lately! We’ve been unpacking, arranging, rearranging, and decorating this past week! The house is really starting to come together. The Christmas decorations are done and almost all of the family pictures are hung. One of the things that I love about this house is that it has a very cozy, rustic feel to it! It fits our decor perfectly!
Because our family is having a simple Christmas this year I thought that it would be fun to share a bit of our Christmas decor with you!
Due to the way that our fireplace is designed we were not sure wether or not we would be able to hang the stockings above the fire. So Mom came up with this brillant idea with a little help from Grandma
This shelf is another favorite of mine… it’s vintage with a touch of modern…
The dining room is one of my favorite rooms in the house! I absoulutely love this brick wall. And as a bonus it looks like a greeting card when you look in from the outside! (:
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing some of our simple, rustic Christmas. Although this year is different for us in many ways, it has been nice to simplify and realize what is really important.
Until next time,
How have you been this week? We have been busy setting up the house, choping firewood, and decorating for Christmas. Here’s three things I’m thankful for this week.
1. Decorating for Christmas:
Daddy putting the angle on top of the tree.
I love Christmas! It’s my favorite time of the year. We were finally able to finish the Christmas decorating this week. And you know what? It looks awesome in here! The house itself is styled very rustic-ly and just screams for a simple decorating. On Monday I’ll share a few pictures detailing our simple Christmas decorations.
Now, I’ll be the first to tell you, I don’t like winter. It’s cold and I really don’t like when my hands and face begin to freeze. (Seriously though, I can be bundled up from head to toe and the only parts of me that freeze are my hands and face.) Anyway, I noticed that it has finally started to snowing here. And I love snow around Christmas time. It just makes it feel a little more like Christmas and the cold weather is a little more barable with something pretty to look at. And this year I might actually like the cold beacuse…
3. We have a fireplace
This just makes me so happy. I didn’t know how much I would enjoy a fireplace until we got one! It makes the whole living room all toasty and cozy! (: I’m also finding that having a fireplace is relaxing; which is good because I’m prone to being a smite anxious.
I’d love for you to share some of the blessings from your life this past week in the comments below! Have a great weekend!
Until next time,
“…Martha, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken from her.”
This year we as a family have decided to slow down and really enjoy the season. We have decided to put less decorations out, bake less cookies, and really savor this time together. To have a simple Christmas.
How often this time of the year are we “worried and troubled about many things”?
I love what Jesus says immediately following, “But one thing is needed…” We find ourselves so distracted and prepccupied with the preperations that we forget the meaning and significance of the season. We forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. That because He came to this earth as a man and was tempted in every way that we are yet He remained victorious (see Hebrews 4:15) we now have the hope of eternal life and the joy of knowing a God that loves us unconditionally.
I encourage you this year to slow down and realize what is really important. Time spent with family and friends making memories that last a life time. 10 years from now you won’t remember the decorations that lined the walls or the presents that you recieved. You will remember who sat around your table, the stories that were told and the laughs that were shared.
Until next time,