Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Fun!

So, for today, how about a fun Christmas meme! Steal it! I stole it from my dear friend Rebekah at Mudane Musings who stole it from someone who stole it from someone else! But make sure that you leave me a comment so I can come read all your Christmas-y answers! I *LOVE* Christmastime and all the wonderfulness that it brings!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?

Egg Nog in a Chai Salted Carmel Latte!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Everything is wrapped! We take turns opening the gifts. I love to hear the squeals of delight as each one opens their gifts.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

White. We have white Icicles for outdoors (however we didn't hang them this year) and Our tree has white lights too!

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

Haven't for many years however I used to have a kissing ball that had some dangling from it but we have lost it in one of our moves :)

5. When do you put your decorations up?

Usually the Saturday following Thanksgiving but this year due to schedule conflicts it was a week late!

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?

Prime Rib and Cheesecake! hmmmmm My husband is a great cook!

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?

The only year that I can remember all of my siblings being together for Christmas! It was exciting! And Santa came and left my gifts on the front porch!

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?

I overheard someone talking about "him" in the kitchen.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

We each open one gift and usually I get to choose which one that they open :)

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

When we had kids at home we all did it together. This year my husband put up the tree and I decorated it!

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?

I love it for a few days and then I want spring to come early!

12. Can you ice skate?

Yes, but it has been years!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

My engagement ring first and then 29 years later my husband bought me another diamond ring! I love diamonds :)

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?

Family. I love it when all of my kids are home together and there is lots of noise. Ahh a wonderful type of chaos that only a parent can appreciate fully.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?

My husband's cheesecake :) with a cup of coffee.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Hanging with my adult children, hearing them laugh together. The love that is expressed to one another. The opening of the stockings and another favorite is our Candlelight service on Christmas Eve. God is so good.

17. What tops your tree?

I have an angel topper that my dad bought for my mom on their first Christmas together. It is now 71 years old. I cherish it. One day it will go to my daughter, Amber.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving?

I like both but I really get excited to give more than to receive. Especially as I get older. The thrill of seeing others' faces light up with their gift is worth it all!

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum?

I love Candy Canes however I think that Bob's Candy canes are the BEST!

20. Favorite Christmas show?

ELF! Is my most favorite the second would have to be How Ernest Saves Christmas.

21. Saddest Christmas Song?

There should not be any sad songs at Christmas!Can you say Oxy moron?

22. What is your favorite Christmas song?

The Christmas Song, Silent Night and Who Would Imagine a King.

23. When do you open your Stockings?

On Christmas morning before the presents and breakfast!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Life Changing

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Phil. 4:6-9

I love this passage of scripture. I was excited to see it to be what I was scheduled to read today:) I especially love verse 9 where it says the things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. Wow! Paul was tortured, beaten and held captive many times and he would and could still minister wherever he was at, at the moment! He still encouraged others! There have been many times where I have been crying in bed and would repeat to myself, whatever things are TRUE, whatever things are NOBLE, whatever things are JUST, whatever things are PURE, whatever things are LOVELY, whatever things are of GOOD REPORT and IF there is ANY VIRTUE and IF THERE IS ANYTHING PRAISEWORTHY...meditate on these things. I think that many times we (especially as women) get sidetracked by our circumstances instead of meditating on the things that are listed. We are emotional women! We tend to FEEL things but no matter HOW we FEEL the truth is we need to focus on Jesus! He is the truth, He is the way and the Light! The world would love to tell us things that are not true, the enemy would love to get us sidetracked and off kilter so that we forget the REAL focus! Jesus! The enemy would love for us to become embittered women instead of women who spend time with the Lord and spend time in WORSHIP!

I want to encourage you! If we read the Word and truly DWELL in His presence then we can speak and know the truth because we will have been soaked in the Word! We will have become steeped in the word just like a good tea bag :) Then when we are having a bad day or the enemy tries to whisper a lie we can say, "NO. The Word of God says, "No weapon formed against me will prosper!" or the word of God says, I am a daughter of the King! The Word of God says that He is my provider! He won't give me a snake when I ask for a loaf of bread :) (my own personal translation!)

If you do not have a daily time to spend in the Word of God I would encourage you to make time. It is so important to dwell in the Word. The only way to know the Word is to spend time in it. It is a process. It doesn't happen overnight, by osmosis, by going to church for one hour a week or because your grandma was a great Christian. The Word of God will equip you to handle any situation that arises. The Word of God comforts you, gives you direction, and solutions that you would never think of on your own. I promise you that the benefits are amazing! If you are the type of person who has a hard time remembering or understanding what you just read then pray and ask Jesus to help you. I was that type of person. By spending time reading the Word of God daily it literally washes you. You will be transformed into a new creation...His creation! You will think more rationally, because you are equipped. You will have peace! This will be life changing for you. It has been life changing for me.

The best part is that it really is a "One SIze FIts All!" It applies to everyone, everywhere.