12.24.18 Cajun Night Before Christmas, by Trosclair

CAJUN NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
by Trosclair, illustrated by James Rice and narrated by Tommy Joe Breaux

Click the picture below to hear this most wonderful Cajun Night Before Christmas!

Artist James Rice spent much of 1973 trying to find someone to publish his children’s illustrations. In that year, the Bergeron Plymouth company of New Orleans released an original Christmas advertisement: a Cajun take on Clement Moore’s popular Christmas poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” but what was special about this was it’s South Louisiana dialect.

Pelican Publishing’s Milburn Calhoun heard the re-interpretation — penned by J.B. Kling Jr., writing as “Trosclair,” a Cajun spokesman for Bergeron Plymouth in its radio ads — and decided to get it published. He enlisted Rice to provide the colorful illustrations, including the sight of St. Nick on a skiff drawn by eight magic alligators, and “Cajun Night Before Christmas” was born.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE CAJUN CHAUVIN FAMILY!

11.30.18 Teach the Children, by unknown author

In the celebration of Christmas, a white-haired, white-bearded man in a red and white fur suit–Santa Claus by name–figures prominently. Is he what Christmas means?

Late one Christmas Eve, I sank back, tired but content, into my easy chair. The kids were in bed, the gifts were wrapped, the milk and cookies waited by the fireplace for Santa. As I sat back admiring the tree with its decorations, I couldn’t help feeling that something important was missing. It wasn’t long before the tiny twinkling tree lights lulled me to sleep.

I don’t know how long I slept, but all of a sudden I knew that I wasn’t alone. I opened my eyes, and you can imagine my surprise when I saw Santa Claus himself standing next to my Christmas tree. He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot just as the poem described him, but he was not the “jolly old elf” of Christmas legend. The man who stood before me looked sad and disappointed, and there were tears in his eyes.

“Santa, what’s wrong?” I asked, “Why are you crying?”

“It’s the children,” Santa replied sadly.

“But Santa, the children love you,” I said.

“Oh, I know they love me, and they love the gifts I bring them,” Santa said, “but the children of today seem to have somehow missed out on the true spirit of Christmas. It’s not their fault. It’s just that the adults, many of them not having been taught themselves, have forgotten to teach the children.”

“Teach them what?” I asked.

Santa’s kind old face became soft, more gentle. His eyes began to shine with something more than tears. He spoke softly. “Teach the children the true meaning of Christmas. Teach them that the part of Christmas we can see, hear, and touch is much more than meets the eye. Teach them the symbolism behind the customs and traditions of Christmas which we now observe. Teach them what it is they truly represent.”

Santa reached into his bag and pulled out a tiny Christmas tree and set it on my mantle. “Teach them about the Christmas tree. Green is the second color of Christmas. The stately evergreen, with its unchanging color, represents the hope of eternal life in Jesus. Its needles point heavenward as a reminder that mankind’s thoughts should turn heavenward as well.”

Santa reached into his bag again and pulled out a shiny star and placed it at the top of the small tree. “The star was the heavenly sign of promise. God promised a Savior for the world and the star was the sign of the fulfillment of that promise on the night that Jesus Christ was born. Teach the children that God always fulfills His promises, and that wise men still seek Him.”

“Red,” said Santa, “is the first color of Christmas.” He pulled forth a red ornament for the tiny tree. “Red is deep, intense, vivid. It is the color of the life-giving blood that flows through our veins. It is the symbol of God’s greatest gift. Teach the children that Christ gave His life and shed His blood for them that they might have eternal life. When they see the color red, it should remind them of that most wonderful Gift.”

Santa found a silver bell in his pack and placed it on the tree. “Just as lost sheep are guided to safety by the sound of the bell, it continues to ring today for all to be guided to the fold. Teach the children to follow the true Shepherd, who gave His life for the sheep.”

Santa placed a candle on the mantle and lit it. The soft glow from its one tiny flame brightened the room. “The glow of the candle represents how people can show their thanks for the gift of God’s Son that Christmas Eve long ago. Teach the children to follow in Christ’s foot steps… to go about doing good. Teach them to let their light so shine before people that all may see it and glorify God. This is what is symbolized when the twinkling lights shine on the tree like hundreds of bright, shining candles, each of them representing one of God’s precious children, their light shining for all to see.”

Again Santa reached into his bag and this time he brought forth a tiny red and white striped cane. As he hung it on the tree he spoke softly. “The candy cane is a stick of hard white candy: white to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock the foundation of the church, and the firmness of God’s promises. The candy cane is in the form of a ‘J’ to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth. It also represents the Good Shepherd’s crook, which He uses to reach down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray. The original candy cane had three small red stripes, which are the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed, and a large red stripe that represents the shed blood of Jesus, so that we can have the promise of eternal life.”

“Teach these things to the children.”

Santa brought out a beautiful wreath made of fresh, fragrant greenery tied with a bright red bow. “The bow reminds us of the bond of perfection, which is love. The wreath embodies all the good things about Christmas for those with eyes to see and hearts to understand. It contains the colors of red and green and the heaven-turned needles of the evergreen. The bow tells the story of good will towards all and its color reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice. Even its very shape is symbolic, representing eternity and the eternal nature of Christ’s love. It is a circle, without beginning and without end. These are the things you must teach the children.”

I asked, “But where does that leave you, Santa?”

The tears gone now from his eyes, a smile broke over Santa’s face. “Why bless you, my dear,” he laughed, “I’m only a symbol myself. I represent the spirit of family fun and the joy of giving and receiving. If the children are taught these other things, there is no danger that I’ll ever be forgotten.”

“I think I’m beginning to understand.”

“That’s why I came,” said Santa. “You’re an adult. If you don’t teach the children these things, then who will?”

(Author Unknown)

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11.23.18 Why Jesus is Better than Santa Claus!

Friday, November 23, 2018 – Back when I was teaching 3rd and 4th grade Sunday School I found this and read it each year to the children.  It is definitely a thought provoker and the children just absorbed it just like do everything at that age!  The title “Why Jesus is better than Santa Claus” evokes a natural response of “Well, Duh, Yes!” but reading it makes you think of why this is so important!

Santa lives at the North Pole • JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh • JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year • JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies •. JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited • JESUS stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.

You have to wait in line to see Santa • JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap • JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn’t know your name, all he can say is “Hi little boy or girl,what’s your name?” • JESUS knew our name before we did. Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too. He knows our history and future and He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly • JESUS has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is HO HO HO • JESUS offers health, help and hope.

Santa says ”You better not cry” • JESUS says “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.”

Santa’s little helpers make toys • JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but • JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree • JESUS became our gift and died on a tree.

It’s obvious there is really no comparison. We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.

Yes, Jesus is better, He is even better than Santa Claus!

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11.22.18 Wacky Wonderful Thanksgiving

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The Seasons Of Life

Through the different seasons
In life that we go through,
God still walks there with us
Through good and bad times too.

We don’t need to stop
And ponder why we’re here,
We just need to trust in God
That He won’t leave us there

It is but for a season
That we are in this place,
We need not sit and question it
Just receive His loving grace

Don’t look around at others,
They can’t give you what you need
Just turn your eyes heavenward
And put your trust in thee

Hard times that you’re facing,
The Lord will see you through
To bring you to a better place
That He has planned for you

We may only call on Him
When going through bad times,
But when things are going well,
He’s seldom on our minds

For even in the good times,
We still need to look to Him,
So we don’t become complacent
And let our love grow dim

So trust Him in the times ahead
Even when you do not know
That He is there beside you,
For He does love you so.

© By M.S.Lowndes

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This insane Thanksgiving cake is the new Turducken.

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A HEARTWARMING THANKSGIVING STORY by Coach Muller

beggar2A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help.”

There were only a few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.

Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were.

The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write?”

The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.” I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling. And even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Reach out to someone in need this week!

Let others see Jesus in you this week!

Be His light in the darkness this week!

Have a Blessed Week!

12.24.17 Wacky Wonderful Christmas Eve! Happy Birthday Jesus!

  

 

 

 

    

WORTHY OF OUR WORSHIP

“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” —Matthew 2:10–11

The wise men, these followers of the stars, met the Lord Jesus Christ who created the stars. They were occultists, yet God reached into their dark world with a star to bring them to their Creator.

Matthew’s gospel tells us, “They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (2:11).

Everyone worships at Christmas. There are no exceptions to this. Christians worship. Atheists worship. Skeptics worship. Republicans worship. Democrats worship. Independents worship. Everyone worships at Christmas, but not everyone worships God at Christmas. Some worship material things, which they never seem to have enough of. Others worship their bodies. Others worship their families. But everyone worships something or someone.

The wise men worshiped Jesus. And what does it mean to worship? Our modern word worship comes from the old English word worthship. We worship the One who is worthy. A god of our own making isn’t worthy of our worship, but the true God is worthy of our praise.

Two words often are used in the Scriptures to define worship. One word means to bow down and do homage, which speaks of reverence and respect. The other means to kiss toward, which speaks of intimacy and friendship. So when we put these two words together, we get an idea of what worship actually is. To worship is to bow down and have reverence, and it is also to have tender intimacy.

Jesus was born, He died, and He rose from the dead so that you and I could come into a relationship with Him and become God’s adopted children. Simply put, we should worship the Lord because He deserves it—every day of the year.

Found at: https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/christmas-devotionals/

 

 

WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT

Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. —Isaiah 9:7

As we look at our world today, we realize that part of the promise of Isaiah 9:6-7 has not yet been fulfilled. The Son has been given. The Child has been born. But He has not yet taken the government upon His shoulders. We do not yet have peace with judgment and justice. But the good news is that there will come a day when Christ will return. He will establish His kingdom on this earth. And it will be the righteous rule of God himself.

Before Jesus could take the government upon His shoulder, He had to take the cross upon His shoulder. Before He could wear the crown of glory as King of Kings, He had to wear the shameful crown of thorns and give His life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. The first time, a star marked His arrival. But the next time He comes, the heavens will roll back like a scroll, all of the stars will fall from the sky, and He himself will light it.

Christ came to this earth. God came near to you so you can come near to Him—to give your life purpose and meaning, to forgive you of your sins, and to give you the hope of Heaven beyond the grave. Christmas is not about tinsel or shopping or presents. Christmas is not about the gifts under the tree. Rather, Christmas is about the gift that was given on the tree when Christ died there for our sins and gave us the gift of eternal life.

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This last two photos are of our precious dog of many years, Nacho Marie Chauvin.  She’s no longer with us but since she always put up with us dressing her up, especially at Christmas, I wanted to share her with ya’ll.  We miss you sweet Nacho.

 

Reach out to someone in need this week!

Let others see Jesus in you this week!

Be His light in the darkness this week!

Have a Blessed Week!

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11.24.17 What I’m THANKFUL for!

In past Novembers I posted on Facebook something I was thankful for each day of the month. I tried to work on this earlier in the month and it just didn’t happen.  Doesn’t mean I am not thankful for a lot so I’m going to share some of the things I’m most thankful for here!

Today we are having Thanksgiving dinner at our son Chip’s home with his wife Misty.  I am thankful that this young family is willing to take over this family tradition, giving Grannie a day to enjoy instead of being responsible for hosting!  Before I went to sleep last night I thanked God for all the work and cooking I knew they are doing before we all arrive there today!  Thank you Chip and Misty!

I am most thankful to God for all the blessings he has bestowed on me, and his mercy. I am terribly thankful for His Grace that I don’t deserve

I am more thankful than ever for God’s unconditional love.  God loves me even though I am a sinner, a dumb blonde, don’t deserve it and make it extremely difficult for him to love me. But he consistently and overwhelmingly loves me. I’m very thankful for the secure feeling of knowing he’s walking with me every day as a child of His.  I long for the day when I begin my eternal life in Heaven with Him and others who have given their lives to Him.

I am thankful for my husband of almost 45 years (November 25, 1972). He looks past my fat old self and  treats me like the young chick he fell in love with. He puts up with my mind slipping away with love and kindness. The saying that some things get better with age was meant for my honey Roy!

I am thankful for my church family at Trinity that has been an amazing support for my family the past 30 years since moving to Hammond.  So many of them have been my rock through really horrible times and been there to rejoice with me through the wonderful times. I thank God for the musical abilities He has given to many at our church.  Worshiping God through music and His Word at Trinity is a blessing.

I’m thankful for my oldest son who doesn’t want his name included and for our youngest son Chip. They opened the big world of motherhood to me and I thank God for them every day.

Our sons are both married to very special ladies. They have children which makes me a Grannie to six little darlings!  We’ve gone from the two of us to twelve of us including us, our sons, their wives and the grandchildren.  So much to be thankful for in those sweet wonderful faces of our grandchildren.

I’m thankful for my mama Josie Blum Traylor who went to live with God in 2007.  Her deep love and pride in her family, the family traditions she passed on, the care giving she provided my children when I couldn’t be there, her love for God and living a devoted Christian life. God gave me the mother that I needed and I miss her presence and support in my life each and every day.

I am especially thankful for my sister Harriett. Even though she is several years older than me we are very close. We are very different types of people being raised in two different generations but we were both raised by our mama and that makes us very similar in many ways. She is a giving, compassionate person who is always doing for others and I admire her a lot.

I am thankful for the pain and suffering I’ve experienced in life. It’s done many positive things for me. Once I pulled up my big girl panties and stopped whining about whatever it was, it has always drawn me closer to God. He is the one that I know I absolutely can always count on being there. Having a relationship with God has given me grounding and a strong rock to always be able to turn to.

I am thankful I have a husband who can do anything!  He can build, repair, create, figure out and fix anything!  He’s tired of doing all that now and doesn’t let his brilliance in these areas be seen too often lately but when he does I can say he’s still got it!

I am thankful that I am an American.  I have become disheartened in recent years with the direction in which our country is going and the lack of Christian values becoming more prevalent.  I see this changing with President Trump’s administration. Big thankful there!  I am thankful for our ability to freely vote and being able to freely worship without the fear of harm.

I am thankful for the Word of God, his Holy Bible.  I read it, learn from it, try to  live my life by it and as the years go by I realize how very much it is the only instruction manual a Christian needs.  I was blessed to have the privilege of teaching the Books of the Bible to 3rd and 4th graders for many years and teaching them to cherish the Word of God.  They knew this was just the first step to learning the wonders and mysteries of God’s Word.  There is nothing like hearing a sermon from The Word.  It helps me understand how to look in His Word for the answer to my life questions and to draw me closer to Him.

I am so thankful that God has allowed us to change our lifestyle and enjoy our time on the road these last five years.  The travels we’ve enjoyed and our discovery of the beautiful elements of nature around this country is indescribable.  The lack of stress, responsibility and freedom experienced living in an RV on the road is something everyone (retired or not) should get to do.

This list of things I’m thankful for has opened my eyes to the abundance of blessings God has given me, the special people in my life, my dear family members, true friends and most of all God.

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11.22.17 Gratitude and Thanksgiving by Debbie McDaniel

Gratitude and Thanksgiving
By Debbie McDaniel

“O Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”  Psalm 95:1-3

We have so much to be grateful for in this life. Each and every day. But reality is that sometimes constant life demands, struggles, and worries give more room to defeat than to a heart of thanks. Or we forget, in the midst of busyness and pressures, just to pause and give thanks, for all that God has done, and continues to do in our lives.

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Sometimes it really is a sacrifice to offer praise and thanks. We may not feel like it. We’re struggling. We’re weary. Or maybe, we feel like He let us down. We think God seems distant, like he’s far away, or doesn’t really care about what’s troubling us. Painful life blows and losses might have recently sent us spiraling.

But here’s what can make a lasting difference. We have a choice, every day, to give him thanks. And with a heart of thanksgiving, we realize that no matter what we face, God doesn’t just work to change our situations and help us through our problems. He does more. He changes our hearts. His power, through hearts of gratitude and focused minds on Him, releases the grip our struggles have over us.

We’re strengthened by His peace, refueled by His joy.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Chauvin’s home to your home!

 

11.21.17 Who Dats Saints, Found Rocks

Our New Orleans Saints are on an eight game winning streak.  Last time I can remember this happening was the year they won the Super Bowl! Everywhere we’d go stores, homes, and workplace had signs up announcing how many wins they were at in the streak.  After losing the first two games this year it was like a winning switch was turned on and they are barreling down everyone they play against, until this Sunday.  They pulled out the win but  it was heart attack city until the last second!

 

Here’s excerpts from an article Mike Triplett, an ESPN Staff Writer wrote.

Saints so hot that a 15-point deficit in final minutes doesn’t stand a chance

NEW ORLEANS — If this winds up being a special season for the New Orleans Saints, they will point back to Sunday’s win over the Washington Redskins for years.

Just like 2009 all over again.

The Saints (8-2) had no business winning their eighth straight game Sunday after trailing by 15 points with less than three minutes remaining — just like those ’09 Super Bowl Saints had no business coming back from a 10-point deficit at Washington in the fourth quarter. Fittingly, the hero of that game — receiver Robert Meachem — served as the honorary captain on Sunday.

Drew Brees also had his finest moment of the year, completing 11 of 11 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns on the Saints’ two quick touchdown drives at the end of regulation. The Saints haven’t asked Brees to be Superman during their win streak because the defense and run game have been so good, but he sure played the role when needed on Sunday. Tight end Coby Fleener also came up huge, among others, on those drives. And Kamara’s bobbling 18-yard TD catch went from a possible disaster to a thrilling moment.

It was far from the Saints’ prettiest or cleanest victory. But sure enough, two quick touchdowns, three defensive stops and a field goal in overtime led them to a 34-31 victory and kept them flying as the hottest team in the NFL (even on their worst day).

The Saint’s new running back Alvin Kamara #41 is so much fun to watch.  He’s everywhere!  Unless you are in Louisiana you may not know how spectacular our Saints are doing so little old me is broadcasting it here!

We plan to spend Thanksgiving Day with our son’s families this week at Chip and Misty’s home. They told me last night all they are making and it sounds like a massive feast!  I am bringing some things including a sweet potato casserole that they said I made last year and I don’t remember making.

I learned this week that the EEG Dr. Patricia Morgan (neurologist) ordered for me is a three day thing.  Not a 30 minute EEG in the office. The little I’ve learned about it was from the EEG company calling and telling me about it and looking it up on the internet.  They wire you up all over your head, like a regular in the office EEG.  All the leads go to a machine that records bursts and seizure events in the brain, 24 hours a day for three days.  They also put video cameras in your bedroom and living room to record any physical signs of seizures.  I won’t be able to bathe or wash my hair, and am suppose to try to not do anything strenuous, just rest for the three days.  This type of EEG captures much more than a 30 minutes or so EEG in the office would catch.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have it next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  I’ll share more about it while I’m doing it!

Roy is busy down at the pond this morning cutting down some of the smaller pine trees that have died (we think they died from the water in the pond being so high). I’ve started making Christmas themed rocks so there is red and green everywhere now!

Roy had his OCT test this week at Dr. Greiners.  While we were there I got to meet a staff member named Bailey.  Last time we were there we hid rocks and she found some and loved it.  When I called to make an appointment for Roy the receptionist told me how they loved the rocks we hid.  This visit I found that Bailey has two rocks from our last visit sitting on her desk!  I told them we hid more outside and Bailey got one while we were seeing the doctor.  I offered more to her so she could hide them were she’d like to.  She came out to the car with us and said it was okay to take her picture.  Here she is!

When we made Roy’s next appointment they were happy because that means we’ll be back with more rocks!!!

This young man, Mr. Butler, found one of our rocks at Ponchatoula High School the day of the play Annie.  We got to talking about the rock project and since he doesn’t have a computer to post that he found it, he said I could take his photo!  His wife Kay Butler has dementia and it turns out she was my Theater professor at Southeastern several years ago.  I really enjoyed visiting with Mr. Butler.  God puts great people in our lives when we least expect it!

We went into town in Amite this evening and hid about 20 Thanksgiving love rocks all over the town!  Tomorrow morning lots of businesses will be greeted with one that I hope makes them smile!

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