For To Us A Child Is Born!!!

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Birthday Jesus!  Happy December 25th.

Today, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior which is Christ the Lord!  My prayer is that you have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas!!

Here is our manger given to us several years ago by some dear friends.  We set it up each Christmas and it’s Ian’s favorite part of the decorations — other than what he helps make.  A few of the pieces are broken now but it still is a vivid reminder of the true meaning of this amazing holiday.

May you have a blessed and wonderful Christmas Day!  Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!!!!!

A few verses of scripture announcing this amazing birth:

  • Luke 2:11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
  • Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 
  • Isaiah 7:14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”
  • Matthew 2:10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”
  • Luke 2:12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
  • Isaiah 9:6For 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.”
  • Matthew 1:21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

I hope and pray that you have a glorious day!  Isn’t it great that we gifts on Jesus’ birthday?  I know that Ian and we sure think it is!!  Enjoy!!

He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!!

Easter liilyHe is Risen!!!  He is Risen Indeed!!!! 

Hello and Happy Easter.  Hope you have a wonderful Easter!  May you enjoy the true meaning of this amazing day.

“He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” — 1st Corinthians 15:4.

He (Jesus) is alive and I’m forgiven!  Heaven’s gates are open wide (this is from a song and I don’t remember the title).  This is a great song and I wish I could remember more.  My mom knows the words so I will check with her.  I will post something another day.

Here are the words to one of my favorite Easter hymns.  I can just hear the organ and trumpets as I sing it:

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!

3 crossesHymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!

But the pain which He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation hath procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as His love, Alleluia!
Praise Him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!

In addition to a yummy lunch after church, my family will also enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.  That is always a fun part of it as well.

Praise and worship, food and fellowship, and fun and candy go hand-in-hand.  All of these elements will make for a fun and blessed Easter Sunday.

I hope and pray that you have a wonderful Easter and terrific week!  God Bless You!!

Merry Christmas to You!

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERAI wanted to wish my friends, family, blogs followers and readers a very Merry Christmas!  Hope you have a very blessed holiday!

A few Sundays ago, our Pastor told a story in his sermon that is what I think the holiday is all about.  An autistic boy had a part in the Christmas play.

He played the inn keeper and was supposed to tell Joseph and Mary that there was no room for them in the inn.

Instead this boy said, “I know what I am supposed to say, but Mary and Joe, there is room.  Why don’t you take my room?”

Isn’t that the sweetest? This boy knew that Christmas and Christ are about love and helping others!  May we all live that kind of life!!

This Christmas Eve and Christmas, I look forward to time with family and dear friends, good food, baking cookies, going to church tonight with my family, cookies and hot chocolate after the service, watching Ian open his gifts and stocking on Christmas morning, and the love of the Christ Child!

Here are a few quotes about Christmas:

  • “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”– Burton Hillis
  • “From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other.” — Emily Matthews
  • “The joy of brightening other lives, bearing each others’ burdens, easing other’s loads and supplanting empty hearts and lives with generous gifts becomes for us the magic of Christmas.” — WC Jones
  • “For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.”– W. J. Tucker
  • “At Christmas, all roads lead home.”– Marjorie Holmes
  • “Christmas is the season of joy, of holiday greetings exchanged, of gift-giving, and of families united.” –Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”– Laura Ingalls Wilder

May you have a blessed and wonderful Christmas!  Remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!!

We Are Special!

daisyOver the weekend, I rewatched some of the final episodes of the 2nd season of the wonderful “Downton Abbey.”   It was fun to see the storylines again!  And, I cannot wait until the new season starts in January!!!

This is a great show about Lord and Lady Crawley, their children, other family members and friends, and their servants.  It has “upstairs” characters and “downstairs” characters.   Have you watched it?  If not, you should tune in when PBS starts the new season next month.

One line that I heard on the show gave me pause.  Daisy is the kitchen maid and on the bottom of the totem pole in the downstairs staff.  She is often treated very badly and like the bottom rung person that she is.  That in itself is sometimes hard to watch.

Although she is treated so poorly, she proudly and honorably does her work as all of the downstairs staff does.  They all seem content to be at their station in life, although she is ready for some changes and tries to make them happen.

She said, “I have never been special to anyone.”  Isn’t that sad?  I know that it is a character giving a line but I couldn’t help but think there may be real people out there who feel that way.  That truly made me sad.

Everyone is special and should be treated as such.  The Lord above gave each and every one of us unique gifts and talents.  I hope that you know that about yourself!!

For many years, the word special has been used in a more derogatory meaning or as a joke.  Like the Church Lady on “Saturday Night Live” used to say, “Isn’t that special?”  That was funny but has changed the meaning of the word.

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, “Special” is defined as “distinguished by some unusual quality; especially : being in some way superior <our special blend>: or held in particular esteem.”

We use the term “special needs student” for a child who learns a little bit differently or may need extra help with school work or reading.  And there are the Special Olympics, which are an amazing opportunity for students to compete in sports and feel what it is like to be on a team.

I am fortunate to have parents, aunts and uncles, and grandparents and other precious adults who told me and showed me that I was special.  I always felt that way as well as loved.  That is something I am truly grateful for.

Now that I am a parent, I am teaching and showing Ian that he is special.  Actually Kirk and I are doing that together as his parents.  This is important to us as parents that he learns that he is loved, cared and provided for, and special to us.

I hope and pray that you too feel special!  Please remember that all of us are special to Jesus.  He loves us and wants us to know what it is like to be loved and truly valued.

My prayer is that you too feel special and loved and valued!  And, I also pray that we help others in our life realize how special they are to us!  Let us share that love!!

Two Christmas Songs

With just days away from Christmas, I wanted to post the lyrics to the two songs which are very powerful to me this year — “O Holy Night” and “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time?”

These two songs are as different as two can be, but the words in each are so meaningful to me about the true meaning of Christmas. One is a hymn that I’ve heard at church accompanied by an organ.  The other is by pop artists from the United Kingdom who came together as the group Band Aid to raise money.

I included both of these songs in my The Gift of Christmas Music posting — as #1 and $4.   The first lyrics I have included are from “O Holy Night.”

  • O Holy Night!  The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
  • Long lay the world in sin and error pining, tell He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
  • A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
  • Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
  • Oh night divine, the night when Christ was born;
  • Oh night, O Holy Night, O night divine!
  • Oh night, O Holy Night, O night divine!
  • Truly he taught us to love one another, His law is love and his gospel is peace.
  • Chains shall he break for the slave is our brother, and in His name all oppression shall cease.
  • Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, let all within us praise His holy name.
  • Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, His power and glory ever more proclaim!
  • His power and glory ever more proclaim!

The second song was released by a group called Band Aid in 1984 (I think).

  • It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid
  • At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade
  • And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy!
  • Throw your arms around the world at Christmas Time.
  • But say a prayer – pray for the other ones
  • At Christmas time, it’s hard but when you’re having fun
  • There’s a world outside your window
  • And it’s a world of dreaded fear
  • Where the only water flowing is a bitter sting of tears
  • And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom
  • Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you.
  • And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmas time
  • The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life
  • Where nothing ever grows
  • No rain or rivers flow
  • Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?
  • Here’s to you, raise your glass for everyone
  • Here’s to them, underneath that burning sun
  • Do They Know It’s Christmas Time at All?
  • Feed The World (3 times), let them know it’s Christmas time (and repeated several more times).

The thought that a family doesn’t have food on Christmas or any other day of the year is heartbreaking to me and yet I know there are families all over the world that deal with this problem each day. I am so very thankful for my home, food to eat, and dear ones to celebrate this special time of year with as well as other events throughout the year. What an amazing blessing!

I hope and pray for a blessed and wonderful Christmas.  I wonder if can we celebrate it and truly praise Him and show this love throughout the year to others.