I have never been one to begin celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving, and never ever before Halloween. I was always a one holiday at a time girl. However…this year, I am reconsidering. If Christmas is the most important holiday…arguably over Easter, because while Christ was resurrected on Easter Sunday, He wouldn’t have walked the earth if He wasn’t born. But God could do anything you say…yes, of course He could, which is why I put arguably. I digress. 😉 Without Christ we would have nothing, be nothing, know nothing, have no hope, have no future. While the world is falling apart…near and far, I may have changed my opinion about starting the holidays too soon. Perhaps celebrating Christmas as early as you want, or even ALL YEAR, may be just what we need to do. We have a Savior. He should be rejoiced. And we should wait expectantly for Him to come back again. So…let the Christmas music play and have hope in Christ!
Yes, yes, yes, I know. Promises to be here every day. I know. But, I have been saving up verses and will tell you why in a moment. I am not making any more promises to be on here every day, but I will try very hard to be. 😉
We have had 3 pipe semi-flooding incidents in the last 3 weeks…none connected, all annoying, all time consuming. I have been knocked down for the past week with gall bladder issues, which has made the eating and exercising thing a bit tricky. Ironically it hit when I was eating my healthiest, but I am not usually unhealthy (I do not deprive myself of a good burger or milkshake on occasion, but I am generally not in those situations), we are the typical chicken, fruit and veggie family. Boring, yes, healthy, yes.
So health first…I have not exercised in about a week. Hoping to start today. I hadn’t been sleeping…like, at all…so getting on a treadmill was daunting and lifting weights…well, let’s just say I feared dropping things on my head. 😉 I have been great with calories now that I am afraid of food, which you would show on the scale. I am not worried about losing weight right now…truly…but ya know, an added perk to being sick is usually losing weight. I think I lost an ounce. My body is just quite out of whack these days.
Enough about me, I have had some wonderful verses (yes, they are all wonderful) come to my email through my daily verse website and I wanted to share.
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:6
Jesus is the only way we can enter His Kingdom and have eternal life. Following every law to the “T” will not get us there. Now, that does not mean you should break laws just because His forgiveness abounds. If we are one with Christ and know the sacrifices He has made for us, we should want to make choices He wants us to make and reach even those who treat us or those we love the worst.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
I found this today and wanted to include it in my notes about “Prodigal God.” Paul, a follower of Christ, a servant of the Lord, a man whom many have great respect, was once a persecutor and a murderer of Christians. Here is the perfect example of a man changing completely for the Lord…completely! We will meet many Pauls in our lives. We may know some in their Saul stage, we may know the rest after the conversion Irregardless, when we feel self righteous or judgmental about people in this world who have done horrific things…we need to remember God may use them to do great things in the future. We need to pray for the lost, no matter how lost they are.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
Lori was so sweet to nominate me for the One Lovely Blog Award! It was a surprise to me and made me smile. You should check out her blog at http://lorischulz.wordpress.com/. She has a variety of nice topics to read about.
In accepting this award, there are a few rules to follow:
Rules (One Lovely Blog Award):
1. Thank the person who has nominated you. Provide a link to his/her blog.
2. List the rules and display the award image.
3. Include 7 facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know that they have been nominated. This is a way to introduce others to bloggers that you love.
5. Display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.
Seven Things About Me
1. I generally try not to reveal too much personal information on my blog, because I am a little paranoid about personal information on the internet.
2. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and pray that people stop turning away from Him.
3. I am a stay at home mom who homeschools and wouldn’t trade it!
4. I enjoy baking and decorating or creating interesting desserts!
5. I also enjoy photography, especially taking pictures of scenery and my kids. Sometimes I wish I could be a baker and photographer. 😉
6. I am blessed to have an amazing family…immediate and extended!
7. I am constantly researching new fitness trends and diets…trying to get certified as a personal trainer as well.
Here are my 15 nominations:
Thanks again Lori! I would nominate you, too, but wasn’t sure if that was against the rules…haha!
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
2 Timothy 1:9
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time
I was listening to the radio last week when the dj mentioned that Frozen was the only Oscar nominated film he had seen this year. It made me smile, because I may just be in the same boat. I am a fan of the movie Frozen, but moreover I am a fan of the soundtrack. I enjoy playing the songs for my kids, because I like them myself.
I think music touches us all a bit differently. The one song from the soundtrack, “Let it Go” is probably my favorite. And…the more I listen to it, the more I relate it to my relationship with God. Elsa (one of the princesses in the movie) is born with a special gift or curse, depending on how it is used. Her parents told her to keep it hidden, so she was isolated and afraid of letting others see who she really was. She gains a bit of freedom in the movie and sings about how she can finally let her whole self show, she can be herself and she doesn’t have to be perfect anymore. I see this as an excellent teaching moment for kids. We all have been given gifts and we all have faults. We can try to be perfect, work very hard at it, but we cannot do it on our own. Only with God can we truly let ourselves go, be who He wants us to be, figure out how to rely on Him instead of trying to be perfect. No, we should not go on sinning simply to get more grace, but we can show Him our scars, our faults and our attempts at being perfect. We can rely on Him for everything, stop hiding who we are and let it go. A long time ago a friend told me to “Let Go and Let God.” I think that applies well here and in life.