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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday at Home

It's been a cold and rainy day here. Yesterday was almost 70 degrees and sunny; today it is only 40 degrees. It's too much of a change!

We finally put our tree up and Michael put the lights on. So pretty!! Now to add the decorations. The girls put them away last year and now I can't find any hangers. Hmmm...everything is so organized but they are nowhere to be found. Oh well! I have to run to Target so I'll pick them up.

Tomorrow night Trish and I finally get back to our Bible study! We took a few weeks off because our children were busy with rehearsals for our church's Christmas drama. We'll only have one week to meet and then we'll have to wait until 2009 since the next two Wednesdays are "Eve's". I'm looking forward to finishing up "Fear Factor" and then deciding what we want to do next!

Actually next Wednesday is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season: Christmas Eve. First we go to our candlelight service where I'm reminded once again that Jesus is the light of the world and that He came to die for my sins! After that we come home and we each get to open one gift. We usually end up playing games or watching a movie.

Tonight we Michael and Julianne get home from karate, we're going to have steak for dinner. A real treat for us! When we bought our cow in the spring (or summer, I can't remember), one of the things we got was two filet mignon. I've never had it before so this will be nice. I bought a ribeye for Julianne but, of course, she can have some of ours. Speaking of cow, ours is almost gone. We purchased 1/8 of a cow this year and we are down to two pounds of ground beef and some sirloin steaks. It has lasted quite a while but when we do it again next year, I think we're going to go for 1/4. I really enjoyed the ground beef and roasts. They were delicious and sooo much better than I can buy in the store.

Michael is on vacation until the 30th and today was Julianne's last at co-op. She returns on January 6th. I'm looking forward to lots of days at home cooking, baking, playing games and just being a family. If it would only snow.........


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sunday Hymn

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirit by thine advent here:
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death's dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,
And order all things, far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show,
And cause us in her ways to go.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease,
Fill all the world with heaven's peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
(Latin Hymn)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Changes


The temperature right now is 70 degrees and it's cloudy. Tonight we're expecting a big rain storm that will last a day or two. Tomorrow the high will only be 47 degrees. That's a big difference and I know I will feel it. Brrrrr!

I have all my Christmas cards out and ready to be worked out. I'll probably be doing that tonight while watching reruns of Lost. January will be a good month because 24 and Lost return for a new season and Fringe returns after a few weeks break. So now you know my favorite TV shows.

Speaking of TV, we are getting rid of our cable. We had already decided to do this a few weeks ago but a price increase just confirmed we were making the right decision. We got our coupons for the new devices that our TV needs in order to watch it past February 19. So once we get those purchased, we'll end the cable. One thing I will really miss is the DVR. It was sooo easy to record programs and even record more than one at the same time. I like being able to watch the shows and fast forward the commercials. Sigh.

I know I'm going to go through some withdraw because I watch more TV than I should. Total harmless stuff like House Hunters and Iron Chef America but still too much. I will miss John and Kate +8 and Storm Chasers, Bobby Flay and Ace of Cakes. Haha! Can you tell I'm having problems already??

Monday, December 08, 2008

Pressing On

A passage I've been meditating on today:

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus~Philippians 3:12-14

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Home

I have no exciting news or interesting things to post.....just daily life here at home. That is where God has called me to be and I wouldn't have it any other way.

On my weekly planner I have the word "home" (surrounded by a little cloud) on the days when I'm home during the day. I love seeing the clouds populate my planner because I know on those days I'm home for most of the time. I can get projects done, study His Word, do major cleaning and just enjoy the work the Lord has given me. What a privilege! My days consist of cleaning, laundry, cooking, homeschooling, etc. Not exciting things in the scheme of things but they are things that I can do to serve my family and in that way to "serve Him at home". It's all I've ever wanted to do! And with His grace, I hope to always remain faithful and cheerful to what He has called me to do.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Seek True Fellowship

Seek True Fellowship, Not Mere Socializing

“We have such good fellowship at our church,” she said.
“That’s great,” I replied, “but how do you know?”
“Because so many people linger after the services to talk.”

Well, what occurs between people after the service might be fellowship, but it might be mere socializing. Socializing (such as talking about the news, weather, work, or other matters) is a good part of life, but socializing is not the same as fellowship. Unbelievers can socialize; only Christians can truly fellowship. But far too often we think we’ve enjoyed the rich feast of fellowship when we’ve only snacked on sometimes tasty but spiritually empty socializing.

At its simple best, fellowship involves two or more Holy Spirit-indwelled people talking about God and the things of God. But we do this far less than we imagine. Think—when was the last time you had a spiritually stimulating conversation with another believer? And yet the Christians in the book of Acts were so devoted to fellowship with each other that in the first description of the activities of the first church only their listening to the apostles preach and teach is listed ahead of it (see Acts 2:42).

A significant part of the Lord’s ministry to us comes through others in whom He lives. And He intends for us to experience much of this comforting, encouraging, instructing, reproving, guiding, and sustaining ministry through fellowship. But if we talk with our brothers and sisters almost exclusively about things even worldlings (me: I love this word!!) can discuss and understand, we deprive ourselves of many touches from Heaven.

True fellowship seldom occurs unintentionally, especially among those who do not yet see the difference between fellowship and socializing. Enjoy socializing with other Christians, but discipline yourself to talk more about things that matter, and talk about them as though they do matter.

From "Simplify Your Spiritual Life"