01.01.20 Reflections on God’s Blessings in 2019

Since we began publishing our blog in 2012 we’ve posted a Reflections on God’s Blessings each year. This year we did not travel at all. What we’ve done during this year is nothing remarkable but it is our life and I’ll share while I still can.

It’s all here but in no date order and there are no links to individual posts. There are links to the annual Reflections on God’s Blessings blog posts. I just can’t do the organization to put it in date order or doing the individual post links any longer. My brain cannot now think through the process of doing all that.

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We said goodbye to our sweet motorhome, Dora, turning her over to Patrick and Michelle Atherton in California where Dora now lives. It was a good move for us financially and I’m pretty sure Dora is loving living in California!

I don’t think there can be any doubt in our blog’s followers’ minds that WE ARE DIE HARD NEW ORLEANS SAINTS FANS. During the 2019 playoffs, our team, the New Orleans Saints was robbed when referees missed a critical call in the NFC Championship Game versus the Los Angeles Rams.

Because that missed call kept our Saints from the Super Bowl the Saints fans from the amazing city of New Orleans participated in many different events instead of watching the Super Bowl.  We’ve had an entire year to live with that stab in our Saints hearts.  In this year’s 2019 playing season, our Saints clinched the NFC South’s title with a few games to go in the season.

We cultivated and harvest a pretty good vegetable garden. This year we grew okra, tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, sweet potato, potatoes, corn, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts,  Not all did well but we learned a lot and will plant fewer types of vegetables next year.

I froze a lot of stuffed bell peppers, stuffed eggplant, smothered okra, sliced okra for gumbo and canned pickles

STUFFED EGGPLANTS BEFORE THE EGGPLANTS COOKED DOWN

STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

SMOTHERED OKRA

We’ve added one plum and one pecan tree to our fruit trees/bushes which include our 8 blueberry bushes and two fig trees.

We welcomed to our family a new grandpuppy, Samson. His mommy and daddy are Misty and Chip Chauvin.  He’s about as tiny as they get but he holds a big hold of our hearts.

We celebrated our first anniversary of moving out of Dora and beginning to live in our Amite home. We are enjoying slowly, very slowly, furnishing our little home!

We went to the Metairie Road St. Patricks Day, this time without Dora. It was a beautiful day and Chip’s family and we had a wonderful time!

We attended Madisyn’s 10th birthday party at the Big Red Barn! Yes, that is Grannie in the back corner!

We took care of making Roy and my final arrangements at Brandon Thompson Funeral Home in Hammond. So very happy that is taken care of!

We pulled up thousands of grass runners this year. I cleaned them up and broke them into small pieces with a root. They were mostly planted in the new picnic area but also in various places around our property. 

We enjoy a multitude of hummingbirds visiting throughout the year. We have four shepherds hooks and feeders. At times they all have several hummingbirds eating from each one! We love spending the morning and evening times on our front porch watching these tiny birds!

We had our first Harriett and Rosalyn’s family reunion with my sister, her children and grandchildren; and my children and grandchildren. It was wonderful having all of Mama’s family together!

We created a picnic area in the back part of our property. The picnic area includes a four-sided picnic table with four benches, a hammock and lots of landscaping around the area. Our hope is that this spring all the planting will be blooming and pay off all the hard work!

Part of the Create A Picnic Area involved Roy digging a long long trench for water pipe going from the RV space in the front of our property back to near the picnic area is.

Roy cut down a bunch of pine tree branches. I pulled the pine needles off all those branches to use around the garden. Madisyn helped me with them!

We became the proud parents of two Buff Orpingtons, medium-size domesticated ducks, with lovely fawn buff feathers, a brownish-orange bill, and sweet personalities.

Their names are Bo and Peep and I share their adventures from time to time. They even have their own graphic that I include when we sharing their adventures on our blog. We have our first renter of the RV spot where Dora use to live. He has two beagles that we enjoy helping him take care of them while he’s away at work

We purchased our first canvas pictures of cherished places we saw while traveling the United States, living in our motorhome. We got a three-panel picture of a picture I took when we were at Niagara Falls and one paneled picture of Roy and I sitting in the Coors Field dugout.

Our oldest granddaughter, Kallie, graduated from Ponchatoula High School.

.Roy and I spend a lot of time outside in the spring and summer caring for all the flowers, bushes and vegetables. We like improving the looks of our property and really enjoy everything starting to bloom every spring!

We got to spend some Saturdays watching two of our grand children play baseball. Loved, loved, loved it!

I am always trying to improve the quality of my rock painting art.  This year I purchased a set of fine point POSCA PENS and a set of medium point POSCA PENS.

Our church, Trinity Baptist, broke ground and got a lot of the initial construction done on our new Family Life Center. Roy took the aerial picture when the building frame was in progress.

Over the summer Madisyn attended cheerleading camp. On Fridays, the parents and grandparents were invited to attend and see a cheer they learned during the week. Madisyn loved the camp and we loved getting to see her perform.

We sold our Coast to Coast membership to a wonderful family. If we are not RVing we can’t use it and someone else can now.

Roy developed a back problem which at this time is still being addressed. He also developed an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He has seen three doctors and had several tests for both of those problems. We are hoping early 2020 will bring a resolution to that. This is a slide from one of the tests, MRI, that shows no constriction in the upper portion of his spine but considerable constriction near the bottom.

We went to the city where our four young grandchildren live to celebrate each of their birthdays.  Those were very special visits with us getting to spend some quality time with them!

We celebrated Thanksgiving with our family at our house. We all got to enjoy the new picnic area.

We had Christmas with our family at Chip and Misty’s home. After eating and opening presents we all went together to Christmas Eve Worship Service at our church! My heart was so happy! One of our grandchildren was sick and had to stay home with her mom, our daughter in law.

We changed the name of our blog because our Dora no longer lives with us nor do we travel with her.  We chose the name “Because He Lives” because the words of that hymn mean so much to me.

Rosie Rocks Facebook group has over 200 members which represent the number of people who found my hidden rocks and posted a photo in the group!

My love for rock painting still continues. I am venturing into the world of decoupaging rocks and tiles. I think that the number of rocks I paint and hide each year is around 500. I plan to actually count them this year so I will know for sure.

I switched from clear spray for my rocks to polyurethane that I paint on at my rock table. Saves me from having to go outside for the spraying.

That brings our life in 2019 to an end. Gotta get us to 2020 now!

Below are links to our Reflections on God’s Blessings for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 are below.

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

It turned out we had more happening in 2019 than I originally thought. I think every family should sit down and write the events in their past year, at the end of every year. It really opens your eyes to how full your life is and all that God blessed you with that year.

Hang on we’re roaring into the beginning of a new decade!  

01.01.20 Reflections on God’s Blessings in 2019

Since we began publishing our blog in 2012 we’ve posted a Reflections on God’s Blessings each year. This year we did not travel at all. What we’ve done during this year is nothing remarkable but it is our life and I’ll share while I still can.

It’s all here but in no date order and there are no links to individual posts. There are links to the annual Reflections on God’s Blessings blog posts. I just can’t do the organization to put it in date honor or doing the individual post links any longer. My brain cannot now think through the process of doing all that.

We said goodbye to our sweet motorhome, Dora, turning her over to Patrick and Michelle Atherton in California where Dora now lives. It was a good move for us financially and I’m pretty sure Dora is loving living in California!

I don’t think there can be any doubt in our blog’s followers’ minds that WE ARE DIE HARD NEW ORLEANS SAINTS FANS. During the 2019 playoffs, our team, the New Orleans Saints was robbed when referees missed a critical call in the NFC Championship Game versus the Los Angeles Rams.

Because that missed call kept our Saints from the Super Bowl the Saints fans from the amazing city of New Orleans participated in many different events instead of watching the Super Bowl.  We’ve had an entire year to live with that stab in our Saints hearts.  In this year’s 2019 playing season, our Saints clinched the NFC South’s title with a few games to go in the season.

We cultivated and harvest a pretty good vegetable garden. This year we grew okra, tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, sweet potato, potatoes, corn, cucumbers, watermelon, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts,  Not all did well but we learned a lot and will plant fewer types of vegetables next year.

I froze a lot of stuffed bell peppers, stuffed eggplant, smothered okra, sliced okra for gumbo and canned pickles

STUFFED EGGPLANTS BEFORE THE EGGPLANTS COOKED DOWN

STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

SMOTHERED OKRA

We’ve added one plum and one pecan tree to our fruit trees/bushes which include our 8 blueberry bushes and two fig trees.

We welcomed to our family a new grandpuppy, Samson. His mommy and daddy are Misty and Chip Chauvin.  He’s about as tiny as they get but he holds a big hold of our hearts.

We celebrated our first anniversary of moving out of Dora and beginning to live in our Amite home. We are enjoying slowly, very slowly, furnishing our little home!

We went to the Metairie Road St. Patricks Day, this time without Dora. It was a beautiful day and Chip’s family and we had a wonderful time!

We attended Madisyn’s 10th birthday party at the Big Red Barn! Yes, that is Grannie in the back corner!

We took care of making Roy and my final arrangements at Brandon Thompson Funeral Home in Hammond. So very happy that is taken care of!

We pulled up thousands of grass runners this year. I cleaned them up and broke them into small pieces with a root. They were mostly planted in the new picnic area but also in various places around our property. 

We enjoy a multitude of hummingbirds visiting throughout the year. We have four shepherds hooks and feeders. At times they all have several hummingbirds eating from each one! We love spending the morning and evening times on our front porch watching these tiny birds!

We had our first Harriett and Rosalyn’s family reunion with my sister, her children and grandchildren; and my children and grandchildren. It was wonderful having all of Mama’s family together!

We created a picnic area in the back part of our property. The picnic area includes a four-sided picnic table with four benches, a hammock and lots of landscaping around the area. Our hope is that this spring all the planting will be blooming and pay off all the hard work!

Part of the Create A Picnic Area involved Roy digging a long long trench for water pipe going from the RV space in the front of our property back to near the picnic area is.

Roy cut down a bunch of pine tree branches. I pulled the pine needles off all those branches to use around the garden. Madisyn helped me with them!

We became the proud parents of two Buff Orpingtons, medium-size domesticated ducks, with lovely fawn buff feathers, a brownish-orange bill, and sweet personalities.

Their names are Bo and Peep and I share their adventures from time to time. They even have their own graphic that I include when we sharing their adventures on our blog. We have our first renter of the RV spot where Dora use to live. He has two beagles that we enjoy helping him take care of them while he’s away at work

We purchased our first canvas pictures of cherished places we saw while traveling the United States, living in our motorhome. We got a three-panel picture of a picture I took when we were at Niagara Falls and one paneled picture of Roy and I sitting in the Coors Field dugout.

Our oldest granddaughter, Kallie, graduated from Ponchatoula High School.

.Roy and I spend a lot of time outside in the spring and summer caring for all the flowers, bushes and vegetables. We like improving the looks of our property and really enjoy everything starting to bloom every spring!

We got to spend some Saturdays watching two of our grand children play baseball. Loved, loved, loved it!

I am always trying to improve the quality of my rock painting art.  This year I purchased a set of fine point POSCA PENS and a set of medium point POSCA PENS.

Our church, Trinity Baptist, broke ground and got a lot of the initial construction done on our new Family Life Center. Roy took the aerial picture when the building frame was in progress.

Over the summer Madisyn attended cheerleading camp. On Fridays, the parents and grandparents were invited to attend and see a cheer they learned during the week. Madisyn loved the camp and we loved getting to see her perform.

We sold our Coast to Coast membership to a wonderful family. If we are not RVing we can’t use it and someone else can now.

Roy developed a back problem which at this time is still being addressed. He also developed an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He has seen three doctors and had several tests for both of those problems. We are hoping early 2020 will bring a resolution to that. This is a slide from one of the tests, MRI, that shows no constriction in the upper portion of his spine but considerable constriction near the bottom.

We went to the city where our four young grandchildren live to celebrate each of their birthdays.  Those were very special visits with us getting to spend some quality time with them!

We celebrated Thanksgiving with our family at our house. We all got to enjoy the new picnic area.

We had Christmas with our family at Chip and Misty’s home. After eating and opening presents we all went together to Christmas Eve Worship Service at our church! My heart was so happy! One of our grandchildren was sick and had to stay home with her mom, our daughter in law.

We changed the name of our blog because our Dora no longer lives with us nor do we travel with her.  We chose the name “Because He Lives” because the words of that hymn mean so much to me.

Rosie Rocks Facebook group has over 200 members which represent the number of people who found my hidden rocks and posted a photo in the group!

My love for rock painting still continues. I am venturing into the world of decoupaging rocks and tiles. I think that the number of rocks I paint and hide each year is around 500. I plan to actually count them this year so I will know for sure.

I switched from clear spray for my rocks to polyurethane that I paint on at my rock table. Saves me from having to go outside for the spraying.

That brings our life in 2019 to an end. Gotta get us to 2020 now!

Below are links to our Reflections on God’s Blessings for 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012 are below.

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

It turned out we had more happening in 2019 than I originally thought. I think every family should sit down and write the events in their past year, at the end of every year. It really opens your eyes to how full your life is and all that God blessed you with that year.

Hang on we’re roaring into the beginning of a new decade!  

12.31.19 Wacky Wonderful New Years

I hope everyone is enjoying a fun and safe New Years’ Eve!


Please don’t drink and drive tonight – or any day or night!nyd20

If we all chose to live by this, our new year would be a spectacular one!

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25 OF THE COOLEST HOTELS BEGINNING WITH GIRAFFE MANOR IN KENYA

Click on either of the two photos below to see the rest!

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nyd20recipe for something needs cdroppingAND YES HERE WE GO INTO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR OF 2020 WHERE WE HOPE OUR FAVORITE PRESIDENT WINS AGAIN!

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We love the freshness a new year brings. New opportunities, new chances, new ways to grow.

We can make fresh starts every day, but there’s something about the change of the calendar year that makes it even more real.

Let’s keep giving this year to God. I loved this prayer and thought you might, too.

Written by Jack Larkin

New Year’s Prayer, by Jack Zavada

Lord, this year I want to change, and I’ve said that in the past.  But now my prayer is different ’cause I understand at last.

I wanted my own way before, I ignored your loving plans. But now I’m putting everything into your nail-scarred hands.

I promise to obey you out of gratitude and love. I won’t be giving orders to my Father up above.

I finally realize the truth and so I’ve changed my prayer. The safest place for me to be is in your gentle care.

Please be my shepherd, Jesus, that’s all I ask of you. In good times and in bad this year, take my hand and lead me through.

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FOR SALE BY OWNER…

Complete set of encyclopedia Britannica.
45 Volumes. Excellent condition.
$100 or best offer.
Reason for sale: No longer required.
Got married last weekend.
Wife knows everything.

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THESE TWO ARE ADORABLE!

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Many of us couldn’t imagine whirling and twirling on the ice, but for Taryn Jurgensen, she couldn’t imagine life any other way. Taryn has been skating since she was a little girl and is ready to show the world what she’s made of during a local showcase.

Her God-given skills are amazing and she’s about to highlight her ability. Shaking off the nerves, Taryn skates onto the ice and waits for her song to begin…

The feeling of freedom on the ice and the exhilaration of performing in front of an audience is what pushed Taryn to enter into the Los Angeles Showcase. Skating to “Hallelujah” by Alexandra Burke (a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s hit), Taryn takes the ice and demonstrates her incredible skill.

Taryn’s elegance, poise, smoothness and expressiveness is part of what wowed the judges. She truly is an incredible ice skater. It simply too my breath away!

Take a peek at her prize-winning routine for yourself by clicking in the video below.

nyd20WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN!

THIS SUNDAY AT NOON THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS WILL TAKE ON THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN THEIR FIRST PLAY OFF GAME. PLEASE WATCH AND HELP US CHEER THEM ON TO VICTORY!

  nyd20 This is such incredible art drawn on hands.
I was fascinated with each one.
I hope you enjoy them too!

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Have a Blessed Week!

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12.28.19 What made our Christmas so wonderful!

This Christmas was wonderful! There were four events that made it so wonderful.

Most important was Christmas Eve with our sons and their families. Our sweet Ella was sick with fever so she and our daughter in law Amy weren’t able to be with us. Amy did send a bunch of food that we all gobbled away on!  We all opened presents and ate together.

This first picture is all of us minus Ella and Amy and plus our adopted granddaughter Madelyn and grandpuppy Samson!

Chip, Roy and Chad

The men and our youngest grandchildren, minus sweet Ella

Everyone except me! I was taking the photos!

Kallie got to be the older cousin making sure the little ones behaved. Though with those three I don’t think they needed anyone to tell them to behave and eat their food. They are delightful children.

Roy, Madisyn and Chip – Now these three need to be monitored!

Jacob, Misty and Chad

Christmas present opening

Our only grandson, Jacob, is quite the fisherman and loved this Christmas present!

We gave our grandpuppy Samson a tuxedo outfit and this is him wearing it!

The second and the very best event of Christmas was Roy and I, our two sons and their families attending Christmas Eve Worship at the church the boys grew up in and that we still attend.  We always attended Christmas Eve Worship together when the boys were growing up and this is the first time in many years we’ve been able to do this.

Being in church with my sons families was the most meaningful part of Christmas for me.  My heart was so full and so happy. Two of my grandchildren sat next to me and hearing them sing every word of the songs we sang made me so thankful for their Christian parents who have raised them in a Christian home and church where they hear these songs sung. They sang out and their little voices were so precious! I am also very thankful that both of our son’s families are very active in their own churches. They are raising their children to understand the love of God and what Jesus did by giving his life on Calvary to save us from our sins. That is the most important thing they can teach their children and they are!

Our pastor, Rev. Avery Dixon preached a very meaningful sermon. His daughter Mia sang and her brother Aiden played the piano on O Come All Ye Faithful. What a blessing that was!

I have to admit that I couldn’t resist taking this precious picture in church.  Look down our row and you’ll see my tiniest little granddaughter with her head on her Aunt Misty’s lap sound asleep.  She had a busy day and needed to crash with her candle still in her hand, not lit though!

The third and fourth events that made our Christmas special were the Children’s Christmas music and the Adult Choir’s Christmas music. I’ve always said it doesn’t feel like Christmas until one of those musicals are performed.  I do not remember which one it is but here’s photos from both of them!

The Children’s music entitled POLAR EXPRESS to the manger! It was co-written by our very own favorite ladies Rebecca and Kaylon Willoughby.

The adult choir music was entitled ALL IS WELL, directed by our dear friend Teddy Forrest. I love these people (which I’ve probably said on our blog a dozen times before) and their desire to share the love of God in song. Thank you for making this Christmas special!

We use to participate in or attend several Christmas events running from place to place. As we’ve grown older we realized all those events just wore us out. These events above survived the cut since they represent Christmas with family and at church with God.

I hope your Christmas was centered around the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. He is the Best! Santa is cool, but Jesus is way cooler!

Have a blessed weekend! Today is the LSU vs. Oklahoma football game! Geaux LSU Tigers!

 

 

12.27.19 The Legend of Ed Orgeron, by “Papa Heaux”

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The thunder rumbles in Death Valley
A storm has arrived this you know
This storm brings bright lightening to rally
And the storm’s name is “Coach O”

LaFourche is the bayou on which he was born
To parents named BaBa and CoCo
They saw a special light in this one they adorned
A young Prince who we now call Coach O

Making a life in Galliano he drove a shrimp boat
And he grew to be the man that we love so
With that gravelly Cajun voice from deep in his throat
He became the King who we call Coach O

He took a group of cub Tigers under his paw
And breathed fire deep into their souls
He turned them into scrappers and fighters without flaw
This Papa Cat who we call Coach O

He conquered this country with fire and with storm
With a handsome young quarterback named Burrow
Making strength and love forever his norm
Not afraid to show tears is brave Coach O

This man is a hero to the people of Luzianne
A symbol of pride to people I love and know
But against the LSU Tigers no one can stand
As long as they’re lead by Coach O

You see him on the screen after he’s just been tried
And you know its not just for show
When he says GEAUX TIGERS he makes you swell with pride
This tower of a man named Coach O

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Ya’ll have a Blessed Weekend!

12.24.19 Roy’s pain update

The epidural steroid injection Roy had on Monday, December 2nd started easing the pain just a few days after the shot!.

Roy’s is not happy about having to quit smoking but he is doing really well from what I can tell. Yay! He has counseling sessions at North Oaks and continues to take the medicine they gave him.

He has been going to Kelsey Physical Therapy two to three days a week for a few weeks now and is doing very well with that. They started off doing just a couple of things because they were reluctant to push Roy until the Vascular Surgeon gave his okay.

Roy saw the Vascular Surgeon who gave his okay for strenuous physical therapy.  While we were meeting with Dr. Eckholdt, he reviewed the MRI and the Ultrasound. He said that the results of the size of his aneurysm were different on those two tests.  He ordered a CT scan which Roy had done this morning. Waiting now to hear from the doctor with the results.  Probably won’t hear anything until after Christmas.

Since he has been feeling better he started and finished a project of putting handles on all our kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers. Not too strenuous but he did feel some pain when he did this.

When we built our home in Amite we chose not to have handles on our cabinet doors in the kitchen and bathrooms.  Over time we’ve realized that was not a good choice, AT ALL.  Using our fingers to open the doors constantly kept that area on the cabinets dirty. I was always wiping down cabinets which wasn’t fun and if I didn’t wipe them down they looked dirty.  Over time opening drawers with our fingers caused the drawers to open crooked. Kinda hard to explain that one but it did.  We wanted cabinet pulls that were as close as they could be to the handles on our furniture in the living room. We priced similar cabinet pulls at Lowes and the total was kinda expensive. Roy did some shopping on the internet (which he is extremely good at – another quality in my husband that I really appreciate!) and found some that are very similar and were only $25 for all of 22 them. Internet shopping is so worth it!  Roy installed a few each day and the finished look was well worth even the tiny cost! 

Before Roy’s pain started he was working on replacing many parts to our back door.  He had to put that on hold with all the parts sitting in a pile in the living room! Yay cool Christmas decorations!. He’s been working on that the last week and when he’s finished I’ll share all he did.

We will be spending Christmas Eve enjoying dinner and gift opening with our sons and their families at Chip and Misty’s house. After that, we will all go together to Christmas Eve Candelight Service at our church! I’m so thankful that Roy is not having the bad pain he was having and can enjoy Christmas with all our little grandchildren!

 

 

 

12.23.19 WALNUTS AND POPCORN: PRIORITIES DURING THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON, by Felicia Mollohan

Walnuts and Popcorn: Priorities During This Christmas Season
While I was growing up, every Christmas Eve, my parents would bring out the walnuts and popcorn jar. At that time, I didn’t quite understand the meaning behind this activity, but now I completely get it. I appreciate my parents for showing us the true meaning of this time of year, but I think it can be for the entire year.

You see, it was a simple glass jar full of popcorn and walnuts. They would bring out the jar and a big bowl. My dad would empty the jar into the bowl and start talking to us about Christmas.

He started to talk about all of the things that we do at Christmas time. We would talk about things like buying gifts, going caroling, eating candy canes, and seeing Christmas lights.

He would fill up the jar with the popcorn. Then he would lead our conversation to the more important things about Christmas: Jesus coming to earth, being with family, and reading the Bible story about Christmas. He would put in a walnut for each important thing about Christmas.

To our surprise, they wouldn’t fit in the jar. Impossible! We just saw them all in the jar just a minute ago!

He would then go about telling us that when we fill up our time with the unimportant things first, we don’t have time for the most important things. Then he would empty the jar again.

He would then start filling the jar with the walnuts first…the important things…then he would pour the popcorn over it and it all fit!

When we remember and do what is important first, then there will still be time for the other things.

Not that the unimportant things are bad, they aren’t! They just have their place and we need to remember that.

Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Keep Christ FIRST and all else will follow.

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12.22.19 BORN UNTO US! by Eberhard Arnold

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THE GREATEST MAN IN HISTORY IS JESUS.

He had no servants, yet they called him Master.

He had no degree, yet they called him Teacher.

He had no medicines, yet they called him Healer.

He had no army, yet they feared Him.

He won no military battles, yet he conquered the World.

He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb, yet He Lives Today!

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For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11) .

There is no event in the history of salvation that so expressly calls forth joy as does the experience of Christmas. Into the world of fear and worry, right into the midst of all our troubles, comes the proclamation of great joy, “Today a Savior has been born to you!

The coming of the deliverer among people who groan under their need in loneliness and death must truly be a source of abundant joy. One is born who brings us the greatest thing of all: fellowship with the living God! Here is One who through his life and death brings God to all those who are willing to accept him.

Christ’s birth was a prelude to his death. The lowliness of his birth, the immediate persecution by Herod, and the terrible massacre at Bethlehem – these are the signs over the manger signifying the life that awaited him; they are the sign of the cross. But they are also the sign that the broken bond between us and God will be restored.

The angel does not merely say that Christ is born; he says, “for you,” for you he is born. He does not say, “I bring news of great joy”; he says, “to you, I bring news of great joy.”

This brings us great joy! Here is someone who will sacrifice everything in order to free us and redeem us. This little child is our Savior because he is born to redeem us from our sins. His life and death, the action of his spirit, proves that he is the Son of the living God. This is the gospel: what was promised through the prophets is the Son who in the flesh is born of the seed of David and whose power is proven as Son in the Spirit.

This living, risen Son can only be known by faith. “The real, blessed faith that God’s word and work demands,” Martin Luther says, “is the firm faith that Christ is born for you and that his birth is yours, that it took place for your sake; for the gospel teaches that Christ was born for our sake and that he died and suffered all things for our sake. The angel does not merely say that Christ is born; he says, ‘for you,’ for you he is born. He does not say, ‘I bring news of great joy’; he says, ‘to you, I bring news of great joy.’”

The birth of Jesus took place under the sign of light. If we want to become united with the One who was born, we will give ourselves wholly to him – with all our sins! For, as Luther reminds us in the old words of the mystic Angelus Silesius, “Were Christ born a thousand times in Bethlehem and not in you, you would still be eternally lost.”

“See, Christ takes our birth from us to himself and immerses it in his birth and gives us his, so that in it we might become pure and new, as if it were our own. Thus every Christian may rejoice and glory in this birth, as if he, like Christ, were born of Mary.” Therefore, Christ must become ours and we his. To us a child is born, to us a son is given. Born to us, to us, to us!

Written by Eberhard Arnold

 

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