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Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas



A Communion Hymn for Christmas

Gathered round Your table on this holy eve,
Viewing Bethlehem's stable we rejoice and grieve;
Joy to see You lying in Your manger bed,
Weep to see You dying in our sinful stead.

Prince of Glory, gracing Heav'n ere time began,
Now for us embracing death as Son of Man;
By Your birth so lowly, by Your love so true,
By Your cross most holy, Lord, we worship You!

Bethlehem's Incarnation, Calvary's bitter cross,
Wrought for us salvation by Your pain and loss;
Now we fall before You in this holy place,
Prostrate we adore You, for Your gift of grace.

With profoundest wonder we Your body take--
Laid in manger yonder, broken for our sake;
Hushed in adoration we approach the cup--
Bethlehem's pure oblation freely offered up.

Christmas Babe so tender, Lamb who bore our blame,
How shall sinners render praises due Your name?
Do Your own good pleasure in the lives we bring;
In Your ransomed treasure reign forever King!

(Margaret Clarkson)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

The true meaning of Christmas


Only a few more days until we celebrate the Lord's birth. It is hard to comprehend that God came to earth in the flesh--as a baby. I always think of this passage during Christmas because it explains what the Lord did:

Who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross~Philippians 2:6-8

That's what Christmas is all about!!!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Dinner for Tonight

A Quick and Easy Dinner for Tonight:

Pineapple Salsa Chicken

3-6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 can tidbit pineapple (drain)
1 can black beans (undrained)
1 32-oz. jar chunky-style salsa (mild or medium)

Place chicken breasts in the crockpot and add the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Serve with warm tortillas and rice.

And I'm making this for our Titus 2 group tonight.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

24

If you're a fan of the television show "24", then you'll enjoy this: http://www.ifilm.com/video/2804648

Friday, December 15, 2006

5 Ways to Say "No"

5 Ways to Say 'No'

While it's OK to say 'Yes' to some requests for your time--especially those that are really important--saying 'No' is essential to securing sufficient time for yourself and your family. Here are 5 tactful ways to say 'No.'

1. 'Although I'm flattered you've asked me to make your daughter's party dress, I just don't have the time to do so with all of my other projects.'

2. 'I can't volunteer to chaperone the dance, but I'd be more than happy to bake cookies for the event.'

3. 'I don't have the time necessary to give this project my full attention, and I can't accept projects that I can only offer limited focus on.'

4. 'Thanks for asking, but my Saturdays are dedicated to my family.'

5. 'My schedule is already booked to the max, so although I appreciate you asking, I have to decline your kind offer.'

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Not Much Blogging Lately

I am in the middle of Christmas preparations so really haven't have much time to blog lately. Last night I finished the first of two (perhaps three) fleece blankets that I'm making. There's not much to it! I just bought the fleece panel (a cardinal one for my mom and a Cowboys one for my dad) and I'm doing a blanket stitch around the edges. Easy as pie!

The other day we made about 6 dozen cookies but they are now gone. So last night JK and JL made another six dozen. Some are decorated, some are not. We're also going to be working on a gingerbread house this week. Last year I did one myself but this year JK is going to do it. Yeah! Our tree is up but not decorated. That is on my list this week also!

The weather has been very nice lately. I went out to lunch with friends today and I didn't even need a jacket. I know the wintery blast will come in the near future but I'm enjoying this now. I do hope we get some snow this winter. And not just a little bit--I'd like to see a major snowstorm! It's been quite a while since that has happened in Central VA.

So, if you don't see my around here as much as usual you'll know I'm busy with things around the house. Have a blessed week!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Sunday Hymn

Angels, from the Realms of Glory
Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth:
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant Light:
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter vision beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations,
Ye have seen His natal star:
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear:
Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
(James Montgomery)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

My day so far......

Reading.....the Word of God

Studying.....the book of James

Thinking.....about how to implement some changes in the homeless ministry at church

Listening.....Old-Fashioned Christian Radio

Drinking.....orange juice

Teaching.....geometry

Making.....just made breakfast and lunch today; not working on any crafts right now

Working.....on finishing up the laundry

Waiting.....for my son to come home from school

Going.....to Barnes and Noble tonight to meet a friend

Dinner.....leftovers from the past few days!

Praying.....for the sick at our church

Praising.....for the three children that He has given me. They are such a blessing to me. I found this on the white board this morning, written by my oldest dd: "I love you, Mom, more than words can say. I hope you have an awesome day. PS: you're cool."

How about your day? What is happening in your home? Please share!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Yo!

This quiz hit the nail on the head! I'm not for Philly but grew up about 20 miles away in South Jersey (until 1990). I didn't think I had an accent but I maybe I do!!


What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Philadelphia
 

Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard.

The Northeast
 
The Midland
 
The Inland North
 
The South
 
Boston
 
The West
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Sunday Hymn

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us;
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of ev'ry nation,
Joy of ev'ry longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a Child, and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all-sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives. Isaiah 61:1