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Ponder this…..

Another of my favorite Christmas songs. I can’t possibly add anything more than my friend Skye did in this blog post today about the Miracle who is Jesus Christ, born to die for us so that we might be saved.

 

Let me tell you about my blessings….

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1 Corinthians 13:13

English Standard Version (ESV)

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

How often do we wake first thing in the morning and immediately have a thought of one of the many blessings God has given us in our lives?  If you are like me, one of the very first things you think of in the morning is “I need coffee!” and you rush to the kitchen to start the process of making that pot.  After all, first things first!  A day that doesn’t begin with a good cup of coffee and  breakfast is not a good day at all!   Right??   Well after my experience on Wednesday morning when I awoke, I cannot necessarily say that I need coffee is always my first thought, not should it be for that matter!

When I woke up on Wednesday, my first thought was how blessed I am to have the wonderful family God has provided me with!  I had a deep  sense of love and feelings of well -being!  Don’t get me wrong–I always know I am blessed to be a Mom, Grandma, sister, friend.  God has been very good to me by putting all sorts of wonderful people in my life.  This particular day, though, I just felt particularly blessed and filled with joy and that wonderful sense that all was well with my world.

What was so different about Wednesday from other days?  I can’t be exactly sure; however, over the past  few days I have had the pleasure of being able to have longer than normal conversations with my children, Dave and Debbie, and one of my granddaughters.  I have spent a lot of time with my daughter-in-law Terry and even got to have a conversation with my son-in-law Stephen.  I don’t often have that opportunity because he and Deb do not live nearby.    My other granddaughter is really busy with school and work. etc. but since she is a blogger, I have the pleasure of reading her many gems of wisdom that she writes as well as the occasional visit.   She has taught her old Grandma many wonderful things, as do the others.  All of those things together seemed to bring them even closer to my thoughts and my heart so it is not a mystery I guess that my first thought of the day was of all of them.

The Lord has truly blessed me.  My children have grown up to be marvelously wonderful adults, filled with love and caring for others and they each have brought their wonderful spouses into our family and two beautiful granddaughters to whom they have passed on those same wonderful values of being very loving and caring adults!   Every one of them is fun to be with and they make me smile a lot!  I am so proud to be Mom and Grandma to all of them.  Thank you Lord for your abundance of blessings, not only at this Christmas season but each and every day of my life.

Dave, Terry, Marianne, Debbie, Stephen and Annmarie–I love you all and wish you the merriest of Christmases and a year filled with all the blessings of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.   Merry Christmas!

 

A Hallelujah Christmas

This is a beautiful Christmas version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah which is one of my favorite songs. The re-written words are beautiful! It is interesting to read the comments made by others on you tube also, This version is most definitely being added to my list of most favorite music! Thank you to the Clovertons for recording this video! Merry Christmas!

Christmas Is Love

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Isaiah 9:6 (King James Version)

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Last evening I was taking a few pictures of my two Christmas trees and my eyes were drawn to one of my favorite ornaments, Christmas is Love.   I began to think about those words and what they mean to me and so many memories crossed my mind. 

I have memories of Christmases growing up with my siblings and Mom and Dad. They were always such fun.  I still can’t decide who was more excited about Christmas—all of us kids or was it Mom and Dad?  They had such fun watching us open our gifts at some ridiculously early hour in the morning and never complained about being up so early!

And, of course, there are the memories of Christmas with my own three children. Watching the look in their eyes as the decorations and tree were put up and going for a drive to see others’ Christmas lights.  Their eyes would light up as bright as the tree lights when they awoke on Christmas morning and dove into their stockings and then the gifts, followed by a special breakfast and then visits with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  

So, yes, Christmas love is family love.  It is love between friends.  But the most important Love of all is the reason for the season, the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, sent by his father to show us how much He loves us.   He sent His son to become one of us and to take on the burden of all of our sins, as he died on the cross to set us free and give us the gift of eternity with Him in heaven. That is a very special kind of love, unconditional and nothing we can ever get anywhere else.  There is nothing we can do to earn it and we certainly do not deserve it.  It is a freely given gift if we just ask for it.   How wonderful a gift!  Why would we not want it for ourselves and for everyone we love?  

Through this Christmas season remember to thank God every day for this wonderfully generous gift he has given us.  Christmas truly is L-O-V-E!

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Yes I have more than one tree!