Monday, December 31, 2012

For Every time there is a Season...

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace."
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This has to be one of my favorite passages in Ecclesiastes. It shows that God is soverign over all things. Shows that he has a plan...Shows that he has a "Schedule". Which means Schedules are a good thing. ;) :P
Many joys have been brought with this Christmas season. Family has come and gone. Generous gifts have been given. And all given with love. It is exciting to see the Boy's give there gifts. The delight that is on their faces as you open it and exclaim how wonderful and pretty the gift is. It is also exceedingly wonderful when you have been able to keep the Gift you bought for your mother - 2 months ago - a secret.

This last Saturday, the birthday gift I received from my Mother was a trip to see the new musical- Les Miserables....My aunt, grandmother, cousin, and friend joined us too. It was a wonderful time! There were some things that they could have been put more discreetly in the movie - but all in all...It was a wonderful show! Full of examples of forgiveness and patience.  After the movie we all went and ate at China Gardens. We had several good laughs and pleasant talk. My Grandmother was very sweet and paid for everyone's meal! :) Thank you Grandma!
When we came back to my Grandma's house, we visited with our extended family and did our Christmas with them....:) 
With the coming New Year, I look forward to sharing our families joys, sorrows, and new beginnings.. 
Happy New Year to all! And may you have "time for every season..."

Monday, December 10, 2012

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
to hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
with every  Christmas card I write
May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your Christmases be white

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas,
just like the ones I used to know
May your days be merry and bright,
and may all your Christmases be white" ~ A White Christmas

It is true; I am dreaming of a white Christmas. The joy we all -as a family- will see in each others faces on that blessed morn. And maybe - it is not the joy of gifts or the gift giving but the joy of knowing, KNOWING, that Christ has come! That he has come in human form. That he is very God of very God and very Man of very Man. "A man of sorrows, what a name! For the man of God who came! "It is a comfort to know that he understands each struggle we have as humans. He went through it all, He knows how it feels.... He came to save us from those things. He came so that we, while weak, may be made strong in Him. Christ is the one who came to give us strength in our trouble. And in our joys! He doesn't just help us in our sorrows, but rejoices with us; in the blessings He and His Heavenly Father have bestowed upon us. Thank you Loving Lord for the comfort and strength you bring!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Another Month goes by.....

Yes, another month. A month in which Children become one year older; a month where Friends and family have gathered together; a month of thanksgiving. And with all these goings on; family meetings, gathering with Friends, and fellowshipping with the Saints of God, it makes it seem that time just hasn't slowed. Rather, it has sped up.

With this time of year comes the joy of the Christmas celebration. With all the Christmas Shopping, the Santa Clause sley, the tradition of Saint Nick.....we have not forgotten the Christ of Christmas, the the reason He came, nor have we forgotten the pain he has gone through. As of late, He is almost always on my mind. A few Sundays ago I became ever so grateful for the freedom of belief. The freedom to serve the God we love with an open devotion. As Americans, we don't have to go underground to serve the Christ we love. We are not bombed by falling missiles, nor are our families killed around us. No, we have so much to be thankful for! How wonderful it is that Christ has chosen us! That he saw fit to seek us and call us unto Him! Who could live without His Grace and His Mercy!?

A Few Side Notes

Li'ora turned a year last month and she is now walking EVERYWHERE! The greatest thing about her is she loves to make people laugh! She has such a sense of humour.

Malachi turned six and I think has finally hit a growth spurt! :P Malachi can win you with his cute little faces! Even when he is being naughty! :P :| Which is not always good....:P