Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas - Ways!

Over the next 4 days counting down to Christmas, we'll be reflecting upon this wonderful season!

Previous posts:
Christmas - Glory!  


Today, I'd like you to do something simple...

Read Luke 1&2 and Matthew 2....

Read it first in your own Bible, the one you use every day....

Then read it in another version (or 2!)....

And then slowly....read the first translation again...

Take time to think....

Ponder....

And marvel, at the wonderful story of the birth of our Savior!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas - Glory!

Over the next 5 days counting down to Christmas, we'll be reflecting upon this wonderful season!

Previous posts:


Glory!

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines glory:

"praise, honor, or distinction extended by common consent"

and

"worshipful praise, honor, and thanksgiving <giving glory to God>"

The glory of God is magnificent!

I've been reading through the Old Testament recently

In the first five books, the glory of God is mentioned at least 20 times.

Luke 2:14 (ESV)
“Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”


The Angels sang of His glory when He was born!

In fact in Luke 2:9 it says the sky was filled with God's glory!

Glory...

Glory to God...

As you look through the Psalms, there are many mentions of God and His Glory. 

One of them stood out, and reminded me of the Wise Men when they went to bring gifts to Jesus.

Psalm 105:3 (ESV)
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

They sought the Messiah, and when they found him, they rejoiced!

Too often, we forget about this.

1 Timothy 1:17 (ESV)
To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.


Remember the glory of God. 

Bring Him praise, as we celebrate and remember the birth of our Savior, nearly 2000 years ago.

Glory...

Luke 2:8-20 (ESV)
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,

    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned,glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas - Before & After!

Over the next 6 days counting down to Christmas, we'll be reflecting upon this wonderful season!

(Yesterday's post)


As I was thinking about the Christmas story in light of what I shared yesterday, I had a thought.

This is how the typical Christmas season goes about:

Thanksgiving comes and passes.

Oh, gotta start thinking about presents.

The decorations don't look right.

Rush rush rush to prepare for the big day.

Oh no! We didn't make enough X, Y, or Z.

Christmas cards are going to be late as usual.

Why bother sending them?

Christmas is in less than a week and I'm not ready!

Christmas Eve you get primped and polished for a candlelight service.

Rush home and make sure everything is perfect.

Christmas day!

Day after Christmas cleaning.

And it's over.

Finished.

Back to your humdrum lives.

As I was thinking about this, I started thinking about Christmas, before and after.

Before Christmas, we wait in anticipation; after Christmas, we look around and think, "Now what?" 

The Israelites waited years.

Since the beginning of time, for the Messiah. 

He was the promised one, who'd save them from their sins. 

He was first mentioned in Genesis 3:14-15.

The stage is set, now they wait in anticipation!

Years pass.

Prophecies are written about Him.

In Genesis 49:10, we learn He will be from the tribe of Judah.

In Psalm 2:7, we discover He is the Son.

In Isaiah 7:14, He is called Emmanuel, which means "God with us".

In Isaiah 9:6-7, yet again we discover He is the Son, and that he is the heir of David's throne.

Micah 5:2 (ESV)
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.

And then, on that special night, the Savior was born! 

After years of waiting, the Messiah had come!

And this is where our thinking stops.

Christmas is here, and then it ends.

But the story doesn't end there!!

Luke 2:8-20 (ESV)
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christthe Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,

    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
And that's not the only thing that happened afterwards!

Matthew 2 tells us of Wise Men that came to worship Him!
Christmas doesn't end when Jesus is born, and it doesn't end when Christmas day is over.

Take time to discover what happened before and after Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas - Time!

Over the next 7 days counting down to Christmas, we'll be reflecting upon this wonderful season!


A couple weeks ago, I walked into the living room to see this....

The clock was sitting among the toys....

I thought about this....

A timepiece among the nativity story....

Time....

The Israelites had been waiting years for this time....

The time for which the Messiah would be born....

(Emphasis mine!)

Psalm 69:13 (ESV)
But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord
At an acceptable time, O God, 
in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.

At the perfect time, with His steadfast love, God sent our savior, Jesus!

Isaiah 9:6-7 (ESV)
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.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a place chosen many years before!

Micah 5:2-3 (ESV)
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
    when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
    to the people of Israel.

Time is present...even at Jesus' birth!

Luke 2:1-7 (ESV)
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.

Even after His birth, when the Magi came!

Matthew 2:1-12 (ESV)
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose[b] and have come toworship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Christmas time is here....
Time with which we spend with family and friends....
Time in which we remember how precious time is....
Time in which we celebrate the birth of our Savior....

Throwback Tuesday: By the Christmas Tree!


Sometimes during the Christmas season, you need something special to wear to a fancy fete! A dress like this always does the trick. Especially if it has roses and sparkles! It's also a good dress for a bit of dancing around the Christmas tree or under a star-filled sky! This is one of my favorite vintage dresses as it twirls deliciously! Heehee!! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Mother Ginger....continued!!

So last year, I posted Mother Ginger!! :~D 

As today marks exactly one year since I posted the post, I thought I'd share a couple pictures from this year's Mother Ginger! Same costume, but updated as now you can see how it works! 


Mother Ginger is a doll from the Nutcracker Ballet! She has little children hiding under her skirt...


It's a lot of fun to do this dance....except when they all get goofy and start tickling your legs!! *shudder*


Winslow photo-bomb!!! :~D

All in all, dancing our mini-Nutcracker has to be one of the highlights of our Christmas season! T-Tot is Clara, and the Russian doll; Lil' G is the Chinese doll and the Spanish doll; L-Jo is our Arabian doll; and I'm the Sugar Plum Fairy, the French doll, the Arabian doll, and Mother Ginger!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Am I still reading? Yep!!

Eons ago, I told y'all about my goal of 365 books. I'm reaching the end now, and realized I haven't typed up the books I've read in over two months! Hahaha! So here's a lengthy list of books I've read....


Animal Farm by George Orwell 
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Introverts in the Church by Adam S. McHugh
Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson 
The Last Silk Dress by Ann Rinaldi
The Fifth of March by Ann Rinaldi
Wolf by the Ears by Ann Rinaldi
A Spoonful of Sugar by Brenda Ashford 
Manners and Customs of Bible Lands by Fred H. Wright
The Devious Book for Cats by Fluffy and Bonkers 
Treasure in an Oatmeal Box by Ken Gire
William Shakespeare's Star Wars by Ian Doescher 
Only You by Laity, Lough, White Smith, and Yapp 
Revolution in World Missions by K.P. Yohannan 
The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson 
King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard 
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
The Bamboo Cross by Homer E. Dowdy
Goodbye Mr. Chips by James Hilton
Isle of Swords by Wayne Thomas Batson
When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke
When Breaks the Dawn by Janette Oke
When Comes the Spring by Janette Oke
When Hope Springs New by Janette Oke
Start of the Trail by Louise Dickinson Rich
Beyond the Gathering Storm by Janette Oke
When Tomorrow Comes by Janette Oke
Isle of Fire by Wayne Thomas Batson
12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
The Healing Quilt by Wanda E Brunstetter 
Beauty by Susan Wilson
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
Adirondack Tales by Eleanor Early 
Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs
The Good Master by Kate Seredy
Curse of the Spider King by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper
Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge 
When Courage Calls by Janette Oke
The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson 
Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith
Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith
Lost & Found - A Memoir by Kathryn Slattery 
The Tender Years by Janette Oke
A Searching Heart by Janette Oke
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A Quiet Strength by Janette Oke
Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart
The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith 
Like Gold Refined by Janette Oke
The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson
Too Long a Stranger by Janette Oke
Smitten by Coble, Billerbeck, Hunt, and Hunter
Secretly Smitten by Coble, Billerbeck, Hunt, and Hunter 
The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson 
Smitten Book Club by Coble, Billerbeck, Hunt, and Hunter
The Girl's Still Got it by Liz Curtis Higgs
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick 
A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
Songbird - Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer
A Russian Princess by Ekaterina Meshcherskaya 
Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper 
The Tide of the Unmaking by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper

Saturday, December 6, 2014

20,000 views!!!



Whoa!! 20,000 views! Wow! I'm amazed! I really am! Ahh, I suppose it's time to reminisce on some of the past posts! What do you think? Heehee! ;~)

My Very First Post - A strange post on the myths of homeschooling!

My Most Popular Post - A Throwback Tuesday I did for Rachel Louise Carson!

My 2nd Most Popular Post - A post I did on why I wear skirts!

 My 3rd Most Popular Post - A post about my Hope Chest! I should do an updated one soon....

My 4th Most Popular Post - A post I did as a follow up on why I wear skirts, things I've learned while wearing skirts!

My 5th Most Popular Post - A guest post my friend Noah did while I was camping this past summer! Go read it! It's awesome!

Now for past celebration posts:





For all of you who have read my blog, I have to say:


We've had serious posts, strange posts, silly posts, sad post, sweet posts, super-awesomeness posts, and who knows what else!!

Thank you for stopping by my Home on the Erie Canal!!