12.24.14 Our Christmas 2014

LOUISIANA SNOWMANIt’s certainly been a busy Christmas season! First our home church’s Children’s Choir sang and spoke words of Christmas where Christ is center stage.  Then Trinity’s wonderful Adult Choir shared their love for the Lord through Christmas music.

We joined Madisyn, Liz, Billy and Josh at River Rock Church in Loranger last week to watch the Loranger Christmas parade, enjoying hot chocolate, jambalaya and cupcakes and a lot of pretty Christmas floats and trucks.  These small towns around Amite are wonderful family towns and this church is a special place reaching the locals for Christ.

20141216_192956 20141216_190613 Our family Christmas time with Chip, Kim, Madisyn, Braxton and Bentley was the highlight of this season.  We shared dinner together at Chip’s and then enjoyed watching the children and grandchildren open their presents.  Braxton and Bentley didn’t stop playing all evening with their John Deere dump truck and tractor.  They pushed them around everywhere.  Madisyn loved all her presents and even started on coloring the backpack we gave her.  She and Kim did a great job on the part they did that evening!  Roy and I loved the presents we got from Chip and Kim but above all else we loved the time we spent with our little family.  Kim surprised Chip with tickets to see the New Orleans Saints play the Atlanta Falcons Sunday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.  We won’t go into how that game turned out but the experience of watching the Saints in the Superdome is unforgettable and I’m so thankful she thought to do this for him.

20141219_19491620141219_18295620141219_19161020141219_191740Last weekend we went with Chip and Kim to see the production of One Night in Bethlehem.  Calvary Christian Church and other local churches put this production on each year but this was our first time seeing it. A bus picked us up at the church and took us to the site where the production was presented. We started out in the line leading up to where the Census was taken (just like in the Bible!) followed by several tents representing various authentic aspects of Biblical times (fishing net maker, apothecary, etc.)  We even got to take home a tiny bit of Frankincense, just like the Wise Men brought to baby Jesus.  There was a waiting time for our turn to go on the journey through Bethlehem so we enjoyed hot chocolate and visiting with one another.

20141220_192702https://rosalynandroy.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/20141220_194110.jpg 20141220_192939  20141220_193510 20141220_194110 20141220_194414  They make wonderful use of an old closed Interstate rest area to stage each of the scenes in the production.  Ginormous 18 wheeler flatbeds with sides holding 60 chairs each took us on the journey from before Christ was born to his birth and a short sermon by Pastor Mike Bush at the end.20141220_21011520141220_21054120141220_211010

Sweet Madisyn was in her first Christmas play/musical at River Rock Church in Loranger last Sunday morning. It was a wonderfully done production of Jeremy the Mailman.  All of the songs were secular Christmas songs changed to Christian words.  It was very enjoyable and of course we thought Madisyn shined throughout the presentation.  One of the funniest things in the show was the two boys who dressed up like the church’s two pastors.  They are both bald and the little boys wore matching clothes and a hosiery like covering on their heads to make them appear bald.  The first picture here shows the boys next to their look a like pastors.  Afterwards we were treated to some delicious sausage chicken gumbo, turkey, potato salad and red velvet cupcakes.  This church sure eats well!!!!

madisyn pastorsmadisyn singing river rockIn between all this we’ve been picking out things for the new house, meeting with our contractor and doing a lot of yard work clearing out things.  On Christmas Eve day Roy added to the RV patio a step down so that when the concrete is poured it will be there.  Not in the original plan so he did the work himself.   We both got cortisone injections on Monday.  Roy’s was in his knee which is flaring up from the physical work he’s doing out here.  Mine was in my shoulder from what may be a small rotator cuff tear.  The shot will hopefully ease the popping sharp pain I feel when raising my arm over my head or behind me.  Us old folks got fixed up so we can keep working on clearing out the brush and small trees.

Christmas Eve was spent at our home church, Trinity Baptist, for our Christmas Eve Worship Service.  I always look forward to that service because whole families come to church together.  It’s how it’s meant to be and I’m so thankful that we go to a church that still does this.  Seeing the children gather around the last Advent candle being reminded of the true meaning of Christmas is precious to me.  Chip, Kim, Braxton and Bentley joined us there which just made our Christmas Eve perfect!

trinity christmas eve adventThis Christmas season has been filled with many blessings!

From Roy and Rosalyn Chauvin to your Family may you have the Merriest of Christmases!

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12.16.14 More to the Music: ‘Mary, Did You Know?’

mary did you knowI’m pretty certain everyone has heard of Billy Graham. I’ve enjoyed his crusade sermons throughout my life.   I still watch the reruns of really old ones, they are that special. Recently I’ve enjoyed reading devotionals and stories the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association publishes.  Being Christmas time and since the song Mary, Did You Know? is  one of my top favorite Christmas songs, I wanted to share today’s posting with you, my blogging friends and family!

The following is re-blogged from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s website http://billygraham.org

December 15, 2014   •   By Tiffany JothenMary

(Editor’s Note: This is the first of a five-part series, taking a look at the meaning behind some of the favorite Christmas songs we sing).A lot of Christmas songs you hear on the radio date back to the ’40s and ’50s. But there’s a more modern song—well, modern in terms of Christmas tunes—that considers the story of Jesus from the view of the very woman who brought Him into this world. Here’s some background on “Mary, Did You Know?”—and something to think about when you hear it.You might have heard the phrase “A mom knows.” Maybe from your own mom. But that night in Bethlehem, when the promised Messiah finally came in the form of a helpless baby, there was a lot His mom didn’t know.

Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Singer, songwriter and comedian Mark Lowry wrote that song back in 1984, inspired by a Christmas program he was working on for church. It wasn’t until seven years later that Buddy Greene wrote the music and sang it for Mark over the phone.

While Michael English and Kathy Mattea were the first to record it, it has since graced the lips of dozens of artists—people like Vickie Winans, Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd, Cee Lo Green and a cappella group Pentatonix.

Sometime after the song became a hit, Mark once said, Gloria Gaither pointed out that it should be “Mary, Do You Know?”—but he laughs about it today and says “did” sounds better anyway.

The best part about the song, though, might be the audience. Today’s audience knows all about Jesus—or can know about Him by reading the Bible. We know about Him walking on water. We know about Him giving sight to the blind and calming the storm. We know the man He became—the Savior.

But do we act like we know? Mary didn’t fully understand what the future held or how her innocent Son would die for sinful people, but we can look back and read about it. The trouble is … sometimes we forget.

We forget how He calmed a fierce storm with His words and, instead, think He can’t handle our problems. We forget He created the world—think about that—and, instead, try to drown Him out. We forget He delivered us by grace and, instead, let guilt and feelings of inadequacy overwhelm us.

We do know who Jesus is. But do our actions show it?

“Did you know that your Baby Boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb? The sleeping Child you’re holding is the Great, I Am.”

christmas divider 5I know this could never be so, but in the event you don’t follow my Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays blog, you may have missed this amazing version of Mary, Did You Know? sung by the a Capella group Pentatonix.  Here it is for you to enjoy now.  Click on the group’s photo below to hear this amazing song!

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