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Year's End Prayer

 31.12.10




O LOVE BEYOND COMPARE,
Thou art good when thou givest,
when thou takes away,
when the sun shines upon me,
when night gathers over me.


Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world,
and in love didst redeem my soul;


Thou dost love me still,
inspite of my hard heart, ingratitude, distrust.


Thy goodness has been with me during another year,
leading me through a twisting wilderness,
in retreat helping me to asvance,
when beaten back making sure headway.


Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead;
I hoist sail and draw up anchor,
With Thee as the blessed pilot of my future as of my past.


I bless Thee that thou hast veiled my eyes to the waters ahead.


If Thou hast appointed storms of tribulation,
Thou wilt be with me in them;


If I have to pass through tempests of persecution and temptation,
I shall not drown;


If I am to die,
I shall see thy face sooner;


If a painful end is to be my lot,
grant me grace that my faith fail not;

If I am to be cast aside from the service I love,
I can make no stipulation;

Only glorify thyself in me whether in comfort or trial,
as a chosen vessel meet always for thy use.



The Valley of Vision


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May you, my dear friend, have a most blessed
New Year!

I pray that God will grant us this year to Live in the Sacred...

To abide under His shadow,

To love Him more and 

rejoice more and more in Him.

May your days be filled with grace,

and His song be always in our mouth.









Another prayer worth praying.... A Prayer About New Year's Eve by Scotty Smith

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From Here and There

The Adoration of the Magi (engraving) by Albrecht Dürer


Just for you to know....

Our Christmas Tree is still up; lights are on and the spirit of Christmas is still hanging in the air. We are still talking about the different events surrounding our Lord's coming. Every thing will remain like this until the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th (In the context of the Christian Church, Epiphany has a more specific reference: it celebrates the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. The feast of Epiphany is observed on January sixth, twelve days after Christmas.)  So, yes... I still have one more post under the series "Celebrating the Incarnation of Our Lord" next Wednesday, when, God willing, I will be sharing about the Wise Men visiting our Saviour Jesus Christ.



On Blog Reading... what I want to do this coming year.

I just LOVE to read my friend's thoughts, your thoughts,  I am always encouraged to hear how the Lord is dealing with each one of us. I am grateful that I have been "reading" many books with you, just by reading your excerpts, quotes and thoughts. Now, I don't want to miss those grains of wisdom I am gleaning, so I have decided, to read you always with my journal on hand to pour in there what I am learning from you. (I have done it before, but not as a regular habit)



On Kindles...

I am in. Yes. I cannot believe it but I have a Kindle now.  The most surprising thing: I am actually enjoying it!  I even thought on writing a review, but my friend Trisha did an excellent one, so I will invite you to read hers here and please also read this little piece she wrote which really made me laugh. (also about Kindles)


On gifts that take one year to make and thoughts for 2011...

This is a B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. idea that Missy shares with us... a book of quotes, thoughts and ideas, that she made for her husband. I would really want to do that.  You can read more about this here.
She also wrote a thought provoking post about her resolutions for 2011. I encourage you to read this too.


On Memorizing the Word of God...

My Moleskin is ready. I am already working with the first verses of this beautiful and challenging project: Memorizing Philippians "The goal is to memorize the entire book of Philippians by Easter Sunday (April 24, 2011) through partnering with other believers using the memory moleskine."   You still have time to join us!



On reading together....

I also have my e-book ready to read along with other believers Help Heavenward by Octavius Winslow; Matthew Blair is hosting this Reading Group. maybe you would like to join us too.





A Closing quote from my good friend Elizabeth DeBarros:

"Resolutions scare me for the will-worship required to keep them, but if by some touch of grace I can change, become more like Christ, so help me God"



Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

Under His sun and by His grace...


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Greeting New Year's Day

 30.12.10

Today is Thursday of Reformed Quotes; and the words I will share with you here are from the Sermo CXCVIII  by Augustine of Hippo. I have been reading this season Augustine's Sermons to the People; Advent, Christmas, New Year, Epiphany.



"Now here’s my point. If you don’t believe, hope, love the way the Gentile Pagans do, then you’re no longer one of them. Yes, you do rub shoulders with them every day, but do remember that in mind and spirit you and they live in two very different worlds.

How would I describe these two extremes? Well, the Gentile Pagans believe in many false gods, also known as demons or Daemons or Daimons, while you, the Gentile Christians, believe in the One True God. They hope against hope for the half-lives of this world, while you hope for the eternal life with Christ. They love the artifacts of this world while you love the Artificer of the world as a whole"

"Just put Faith, Hope, and Charity into practice in your daily life, and you’ll see the distance between them and you’ll increase with every passing day..."

"Two observations.
First, the more time you spend with the Gentile Pagans, the less time you'll have to spend with Him, your Lord and Redeemer.
Second, if you live and love, believe and hope the way the Gentiles do, then you're an ingrate, ungrateful to your Redeemer, regarding as worthless the horrific price He paid for you; that's to say, masquerading as the Perfect Lamb, the Perfect Sacrifice.

Two possible courses of action.
Continue to do what the Gentiles do. Or...
Rearrange your schedule to spend more time following your Redeemer, His blood still damp upon your soul. That's to say, don't continue to commingle with the Gentile Pagans when it comes to do's and don't's  of the moral life.

They may binge, but you should fast. And today, if you can’t fast, then at least dine in moderation. If you do all these, or indeed any one of these, then you have chanted well those happy words, “Save us, O Lord God of Ours; save us from the fate of the Gentile Pagan Disbelievers.”





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New Year's Name, "Living in the Sacred"

 29.12.10



I did this last year for the first time; I gave the year a name. I walked through 365 days thinking of the name of the year, its theme, "Yes, I am Listening", and how much I learned from it! How many times I came into my prayer closet asking my God to help me. In order to listen I had to learn, to practice being quiet; in order to say yes to others, I had to say no to my own desires more than often.

This year again, after praying and thinking, and talking with my husband; I have decided to do it again. This practice has worked for me much better than writing "New Year's Resolutions".  So here it is, my new year 's name (or theme):

Living in the Sacred




The last chapter on the book The Holiness of God by RC Sproul was decisive for me into choosing this theme (actually the whole book was!) I need to live purposely, knowing that  because of Jesus, I live in Holy Space and Holy Time, every day, every moment; I am living naked before a Holy God.

C.S Lewis said,


"Where, except in the present, can the Eternal be met?"

I want to live fully aware of this truth. Whatever I do, I want to do it for Him, because of Him, to bring glory to Him. I want to meet Him in my daily journey through continuous prayer; I long to live praying without ceasing (I Thessalonian 5:17)

This is a year in which we are expecting many big changes in our family, changes that will certainly make us grow. The only way I will be able to walk through them glorifying God and not being anxious is knowing that I am living in the Sacred. He has written our life's story. He is the Author. He holds me and my family in His hand. Our times are indeed in His hand. I don't want to miss this awareness.

Living in the Sacred, means living before God in prayer.

J.R Miller says,

"Think what it would mean to have every word that passes our lips winged and blessed with prayer—always to breathe a little prayer before we speak, as we speak. This would put heavenly sweetness into all our speech! It would make all our words kindly, loving, inspiring words—words that would edify and minister grace to those who hear."

"Think of a woman amid her household cares—taking everything to God for His blessing, for His approval, for His direction. These are not by any means impossible suppositions. Indeed, this is the way a Christian is to live, should always live—doing all in the name of the Lord Jesus!"

This is what I long for this year; to Live in the Sacred; to live breathing out prayers.

May God help me.




Living in the Sacred... What it means? A Reflection on Psalm 63, A desire to be in the Holy Place.

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Planning a Menu for Many -Great Tips-

 28.12.10

 Today I am so happy to introduce you to my friend Kay, she is our sister in Christ and a great cook. Kay is a  "professional caterer turned Church Cook finding a great joy feeding His sheep, literally!"  You can follow her at her place, The Church Cook, where she shares great recipes, cooking tips, her favorite kitchen gadgets and much more.

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It is such an honor to be able to do this for Becky. This is my very first guest post; we'll see how it goes! Thank you Becky for giving me this opportunity.

After 15 years of large-volume cooking, I have done things instinctively. So, I had to stop and consciously think about each step that had to be written down. This is a long post but I hope it will be helpful to you all!

(IPC's Ladies Luncheon for 100)


                                               

(Wedding Reception for 150)
                                                     

Whether I am planning my children's birthday party for 20, my church's ladies tea for 100, or a wedding reception for 450, the planning and food preparation method is the same.


1. Plan a menu: 

 This is where it begins. Here are some guidelines for planning a good menu.


*Choose a menu which are appropriate for your guests. It's not about what you want to cook to impress, but what your guests would enjoy.
*Choose one or two food items which can be frozen ahead: breads, cakes, many baked goods can be frozen before baked.
*Want to try a new recipe? Try one new recipe at a time. This way if the new recipe flops, you have your tried and true dishes to back you up.
*Write on the menu the quantity and size of serving dishes and platters and serving utensils you will need
*Don't have too many last minute to-do food items, like sushi for 150, unless you can hire someone to do it for you at the party.



2. Gather recipes


*Copy all the recipes on the menu on 8 1/2"x 11" paper and make a folder

*In the folder, have all the contact numbers you will need for the party: bakery, florist, rental company, etc.
*Have an envelope to keep receipts for food/supply purchases

3. Convert the recipes : 


 This is the hardest part for many novice event planners. Making too much food is the most common mistake. Here are some hints to avoid excess food .


*Recipe for a side dish which serves 6 will serve twice as much when serving in a buffet with other foods.
*Calculate about 1 to 1-1/4 pound of food total per person for buffet; more for sit-down dinners with multiple courses
*Main meats: 6 oz total cooked meat per person for buffet, more for sit-down dinners
*Young adults, all men groups eat 10% more

*Here is a great, helpful website: Ellen's Kitchen (her calculations are slightly more than what I would prepare per person, reduce 20% of her recommendations)

4. Grocery List and Shopping


*After the recipe conversion, write out the grocery list. Go over each recipe and list every ingredient you will need. Check your pantry before you go to the store.
*For Sam's Club business members, Sam's Club has Fax 'n' Pull or Click 'n' Pull service is where you send in your grocery list and the store will gather the items and have it ready! It's a great time saver. Check if your local grocery or warehouse store offers similar services.
*Most of your groceries (non-perishables) can be purchased a week or more ahead. Don't wait until last minute to shop.


5. Prep List:  

This is a must to keep your sanity in the kitchen while you are prepping. A prep list also guides your helpers/staff.




*Before I enter the kitchen, I write down and organize the prep list. If you have a large event, make foods a week or two ahead and freeze. Many sauces or dressings can be made several days ahead.


6. Prep Work: 

Do it ahead! I usually do the bulk of my prep work two days prior to the event. Ideally, the day of the event should only be last minute assembly, cooking, and garnishing! I try to avoid prepping on the day of event. Click Here for more Cooking Tips from my blog.



Baked Goods: breads, rolls, and pie crusts and be made and frozen unbaked. Bake on the day of event for freshest taste.




Grate cheese ahead...



If you can't freeze baked goods ahead, measure out dry and wet ingredients beforehand. So on the day of, you will assemble and bake without having to convert recipes and measure ingredients.



Limes and lemons can be juiced up to five days ahead.



Most veggies and fruit can be prepped two days prior. Delicate greens like herbs can be trimmed and washed early but chopped last minute.





Everything made ahead should be stored in containers or storage bags and labeled.
*Prep veggies and fruit before prepping meats. Be aware of cross contamination. Wash your cutting boards, utensils, and equipment well during prep.
*Don't try to prep by yourself. Have a person or two to help in the kitchen.

7. The Day Before...




Don't wait till last minute to set the table...



Or do flower arrangements...




or decorate the buffet table.....just make it less stressful for yourself and prep as much as you can!

8. On the day of event: 


This is the fun part! Most of the hard work is done and now it is the day where you put it all together. This is where you do final baking, heating up, or assembling of the foods already prepared.



Food is put on pretty platters and garnished


Candles are lit, and tables readied.



And your friends will say, "This is beautiful! You make it look so easy!" Of course they are seeing the result of your labor of love: numerous hours of planning, shopping, and preparing.

9. After event


Make a note for yourself.




*Too much, too little food?

*What can be done next time to improve?

*How much did this menu cost? Tally up your receipts.

This is a lot of information to digest, isn't it? I wish I had this knowledge back 15 years ago! But I am so grateful to share it with you. I pray this little bit of knowledge will bless your family, friends, and your church.

Kay


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Around the corner:

Peek into My Daily Journey -through my lens- ; today St Andrews Castle, the castle where John Knox preached in Scotland.

This entry is linked to Raising Homemakers.


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An invitation to Read Along.

 27.12.10

My favorite list of endless gifts will come later today!

Meanwhile I leave you with this great invitation.


The book we'll be reading is  Help Heavenward; you can read more about this at The Octavius Winslow Archive.


Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


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The Lord's Day - Thinking on the Shepherds-

 26.12.10



Advent is over, we have celebrated His coming, but we have pondered on how the story doesn't end in the manger, it goes on, and that is what I want to do; that is exactly what I want to do. I do not want to stop in the manger; I want to walk through the Gospel; I need the Gospel in my life every day.

Today I am thinking on the shepherds; they heard the news, they went to the manger and then what? They went back to their sheep.

The Christmas tree and the lights will be put away soon... but the story, my love story with my Master will go on.

I have thinking on the last chapter of the book The Holiness of God,  on those words that keep coming back to my heart... living in the sacred. Holy space and Holy time.  Christ has come... He has come. Hear it, O my soul, the Lord has come to you! I walk in the sacred because He has come!  I do not want to miss this. I want to live glorifying God in my body.

"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
1 Corinthians 6: 19-20

How is easily I forget that my body is temple of the Holy Spirit. How I easily I forget that I am standing on holy ground, on holy space, and holy time.

Calvin says that the shepherds, once they heard the news from the angels, once they saw the Messiah...

"Their earthly lot did not change, despite the fact that they had heard the angel's word and had witnessed the birth of God's Son. They went back to their flocks exactly as before; they continued to live as as poor men, guarding their herds. In terms of the flesh and of this passing world they gained nothing from the privilege which we read about here. For all that, they were full of joy. Theirs is a lead we should follow. For although the gospel might earn us neither wealth nor fame, and although it might not bring us gratification or amusement, nevertheless we should be glad that we are the objects of God's favour. That is where true blessing and happiness lie, and where real rest is found"

Today is the Lord's Day, today we enter into the weekly Sabbath, into rest. Let us find our rest in  the Gospel. In the good news: "A Saviour is Born to us, who is Christ the Lord!" (Luke 2: 9-14)

May we enter today His Sabbath knowing that we are the objects of His favour.

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December 24th

 24.12.10

The Nativity; Martin Shongauer, c.1480


"For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, 


Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, 


Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and of peace

there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

to establish it and to uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and forevermore.

The zeal of the "Lord of hosts will do this." 


Isaiah 9: 6-7



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The Holiness of God - Chapter Eleven-

 23.12.10



Yes, the turkey and some baking is awaiting for me; but I do not want to miss this last post on this last chapter of this wonderful book, The Holiness of God, by R.C Sproul, so while every one is still in bed, I will type.

The title of this chapter is, Holy Space and Holy Time; and it opens with a wonderful quote from C.S Lewis,

"Where, except in the present, can the Eternal be met?"

For me this is a very important chapter because it brings down to today, down to this moment, down to the place where I meet my God, His Holiness.

This is where we are as Christians, as believers, as seekers of His face; we are in a daily quest to be more like Him, to love Him more, to find Him more in every minute that frames our life.

"We seek a threshold that will lead us over the border from the profane to the sacred. It is a quest for sacred space, for ground that is holy ground"

We want that. We don't want to be trapped in the moment, in the running, in the to-do list, we want to walk beyond to the transcendent because we know our God is transcendent; because we know that what we do here, today, right this moment has a transcendent consequence.

But I live here, I live in squares in a calendar, in hours made of 60 minutes, and here, in between this keyboard and baking muffins, and kissing the forehead of my children, in between teaching Spanish and the life of Leonardo DaVinci; and snapping pictures here and there; in between making beds and making love with my husband, I live in Holy Space and Holy Time, because God has come to meet me here, where I do my life.

Sproul reminds us that the "holy space Moses occupied was made holy by God's presence" , and isn't my home a holy space too? And it is holy not because we, this family which I love so much, is sinless, NO! it is because God has come to us. He has reached us. His presence abides in us; among us.

"Our contact with the holy is not merely an encounter with a different dimension of reality; it is meeting with Absolute Reality. Christianity is not about  involvement with religious experience as a tangent. It involves a meeting with a holy God, who forms the center, or core, of human existence. The Christian faith is theocentric. God is not at the edge of Christians' lives but at the very center. God defines our entire life and worldview"

Am I a Christian? Do I live meeting with a holy God every day all day?

I am planning to make a nice turkey for our family and their favorite cookies will soon be in the oven; is God there? I slice an apple, and chop some chocolate; I pray to my God. I give thanks for His goodness. He is here, in the moment, in this place, my kitchen.

I wash the dishes again, and again and again... I can complain and be ungrateful, or I can pray I find in that moment, a sacred moment.

Dr. Sproul reminds us also of two holy times that frame our lives as Christians; the Sabbath and Lord's Supper.

"Each Sabbath day, believers observe sacred time in the context of worship. It is the keeping holy of the Sabbath day that marks the regular sacred time for the Christian. The worship service is a marking of a special liturgical time. Because of the reality of the Incarnation, history itself becomes sacred for the Christian. We mark our calendars with reference to time that is B.C or A.D. We have a theology of history because we realize that there is a holy purpose to history, even our salvation"

And the our pretty wall calendar is coming to an end; and a new one is in the mail. We filled squares, we have filled until today, 357 more days under His sun. We have walked in history. We have been part of that Sacred History that He wrote. And we like to talk about new purposes for the next year... what about today? Why not right this moment?

Why not just live in Holy space and Holy time every day? Acknowledging His presence with in us, among us.

Sabbath comes not at the end of the week, but at the beginning of the week to remind us that the day we'll stop breathing under His sun, rest will not be the last thing we do,  but the first thing of our new life not under His sun, but under His glory which shines brighter than the sun!

The second is the Lord's Supper; Sproul reminds us that the celebration of the Lord's Supper involves Sacred time in three distinct ways:

"First, it looks to the past, instructing believers to remember and to show forth Christ's death by this observance. Second, it focuses on the present moment of celebration, in which Christ meets with His people to nurture them and strengthen them in their sanctification. Third, it looks to the future, to the certain hope of their reunion with Christ in Heaven, where thy will participate in the banquet feast of the Lamb and His bride"

I have a day ahead of me, I want to live it in sacred space and sacred time; I want Him to be my all in all every minute, every tic-tac; here this place, this home is sacred because He has come. I don't want to miss Him.

"In sacred space and sacred time Christians find the presence of the Holy. The bars that seek to shut out the transcendent are shattered, and the present time becomes defined by the intrusion of the holy. When we erect barriers to these intrusions, dikes to keep them from flooding our souls, we exchange the holy for the profane and rob both God of His glory and ourselves of His grace"

May our lives be flooded with His Holy presence.







Thanks to Tim Challies, who has put together this reading group, and thanks to you who read along! I look forward to the next book!

Image from my photography blog, have you visited it?

This post is linked to Fields of Faith, because I have found that my field of faith is here, today!

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Celebrating the Incarnation of our Lord -part IV-

 22.12.10


"In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. " Luke 2: 1- 7 (ESV)

Mary is ready; her womb is heavy, her heart pounds hard, she knows the days are getting closer. She can't no longer sleep well, and her lower back hurts. But she follows her husband; they travel to Bethlehem to fulfill an order of a man who did not know that his order was only the result of a Sovereign decree.

They journey under His sun to meet the greatest miracle of all, to see God's promise fulfilled, to meet the Saviour of the world face to face. They walk a long walk with the Word of God ahead of them; leading them; Do they realize that the Word of God is in Mary's womb?

They walk one more day, they knock one more door; they hope for one place to rest,  a place to lay the soon-to-be-born Baby's head; but they found none.

The waiting is almost over for them, the Advent is almost over for us; we have meditated, we have read, we have pondered; we have studied what this magnificent word Incarnation means. We want to see Him; O how we long for His presence!

Today, I feel like Mary, full of Him, full of awe. I don't have the Son of God in my womb; I have Him in my heart; the Holy Spirit came to Mary once, but He dwells within me daily. The Word has been growing deep in me, changing me; I, too, walk under His sun expecting the day I will see Him face to face. Mary and Joseph were always led by God, day after day, they were led by the Spirit to meet their Saviour; so we are.

We, Christians, are like Mary, chosen by God to see Him one day face to face; to embrace His Grace, to behold His glory.

This Christmas, I am reminded that I am only on a daily journey; no matter how heavy the burden might be, how rough the road might be, no matter how many doors I knock and how many of them remain closed; His Word leads me, His holy Spirit dwells within me; Christ is being formed in me; I walk daily to the day I will see Him face to face.

Calvin's words come to my heart and meet me this Advent season; he says of Mary,

"She should be to us a mirror of God's mercy. For in mercy God chose us for Himself, sinners though we were, rescued us from the abyss of death and had compassion on us. Mary is thus set before us as an example to imitate. with her we acknowledge that we are nothing, that we count for nothing, and are utterly reliant on God's goodness. That is how we can be Mary's pupils, proving by our aptness that we have been attentive to her teaching" (1)


I pray that God will give us grace to magnify God our Saviour daily as we journey under His sun, led by His Holy Spirit; fed with His Word. O, that Christ may be formed in us!

How I long to walk full of Him until the day I see Him face to face in all His glory!

Merry Christmas, to you, my Christian friend!





(1) John Calvin, Songs of the Nativity; Selected Sermons on Luke 1& 2

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Endless Gifts on Monday

 20.12.10

"At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth" (Luke 1:39-40 )

After Mary heard the news from the angel she ran to Elizabeth's home; she couldn't wait; she hurried to tell her the good news. Calvin says,

"Let us therefore learn from her example. If God should give us some token of his favour, we must bear witness to him before men. Our aim should be not only to confess him with our lips - a sacrifice he rightly demands of us - but to build everyone up and to urge each other on in perfect harmony and concord, so that the whole world may echo his praises... So whenever we speak about what God has done, we should strive to show how much we depend on him alone, and how awe have comes freely from his bountiful hand." (1)

This is why I make publicly my gratitude list, I want to share,  to tell everyone about God's goodness to me, to my family, to his people; I don't deserve anything, I don't "claim promises"; I don't  "confess with my mouth" to receive His goodness. What I receive from His hand is grace, mercy, unmerited favors.

How can I live without proclaiming His goodness? I am, ABSOLUTELY dependent of God.

Let us rejoice together, let us praise Him for all that He has done, let us not forget all those little things that make up our daily journey happy; let us pray so that we might have eyes to see His hand in every circumstance, so that we may praise Him together.


1015. His Word translated into Spanish.

1016. His Word translated into Kimyal language.



1017. Being Joyful in the mercies of God (great food for the soul)

1018. Friends over and happy fellowship with our brothers and sisters in our home.

1019. Having fun with "piñatas"

Pixels and Strories

1020. Three girls laughing around a gingerbread house.

Pixels and Stories





1021. Candies in cupcakes, reminding me of how sweet it is to spend time with my girls.





1022. Coffee time with my precious daughter and my mom.



1023. A long and happy conversation with my two young men. I am grateful to see how Jesus is being formed in them.

1024. My oldest son staying up late, chatting and laughing with our youngest daughter. What a gift to hear them laugh!

1025. Sloppy Joes to feed a happy crowd.

1026. These breakfast muffins on a cold Saturday morning.  (voted the favorite ones around here)

1027. The most amazing verse in the Bible.

1028. Having the kind of friends you really miss all year 'round.

1029. My Journal.

1030. Finding my little one reading her Bible on her bed.

1031. Songs from the prayer closet.

May your mouth be filled with His praises today, may His song be your song today!

Much love,


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A Poem to Ponder

 19.12.10

I read this beautiful poem and it touched my heart; I asked permission to the author, JD from Poems to Ponder, and he say I could share it with you. For this I am grateful


A Savior, the Christ

 

a teaching rhyme
by JD Collier


a marriage vow
an angel dream
a virgin blessed
a promised King
a troublesome word
a “how can this be?”
an “overshadow”
“may it be to me”

a Caesar decree
a census to run
an inn with no room
a feed trough
a Son
a stable to house
a manger to hold
a swaddling cloth
to ward off the cold

a shepherds night watch
an angel appears
a message of joy
a “peace and good cheer”
a heavenly host
a sky all ablaze
a Savior
the Christ
a chorus of praise

 
the regal robed kings
a star to behold
incense and myrrh
a gift of pure gold
the kings from the east
worship and part
the mother of God
her pondering heart

the words—all familiar
the story—quite old
the tone—amazement
the setting—bold
the subject—a Child
a mystery—the theme
the narrative—holy
the purpose—redeem
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Luke 2:11
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
John 1:10-14
He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.   The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
NIV

Other beautiful poems by the same author are, Did You Know?Heaven, and God's Repertory



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If I am happy it is because of God! God, in His sovereign grace, has called me out of darkness into His Admirable light. He has opened my eyes and has shown me the way to Eternal Life. He has set my feet on a journey, and now I am walking Daily on My Way to Heaven. I did not find Jesus, He found me. I did not seek Him, yet He called me. I did not love Him, yet He loved me. I deserved death and He gave me Life. This is the place where I keep a journal of my life under His sun and by His grace!
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"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven... to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness?"

Jonathan Edwards

"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

-Persis

“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”

- Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart



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