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Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Five Senses of Christmas

     As I start my countdown to Christmas, I am reminded of Christmas' past.  They affect my five senses.
     My sight takes in the sparkling, glittering lights as they adorn homes and streets.  What child could not be fascinated by the many different colors of Christmas?
     My ears continue to take in the sound of harmonious voices being lifted in carol, telling of the magic of a Savior being born and laying in a manager and the angels proclaiming,  "A Savior is born!" This Savior is truly the Christmas spirit and the best gift on earth.
     My sense of smell takes me back to my childhood when there was always the scent of cinnamon and the smell of mellowing apples and ripeing  oranges coming from some hidden, unknown cabinet.  Then there was always the scent of fresh-cut cedar waiting to dry out from weeks of filling the room with multi-colored lights which were shedding their delightful glow throughout the room.
     My sense of taste was always overwhelmed with sugar coatings from snow-white divinity, the brewing of hot cocoa, and , of course, those fruit filled cakes
     Then there is my sense of touch.  I still remember the prick of fresh cut cedar, loving hugs as family wished each other "Merry Christmas",  and most of all, the whisker scratches across my cheek as Santa woke me to the joy of Christmas morning with a "Ho-Ho-Ho."
     As we make even more memories every Christmas season, these early memories never leave us, but the one memory that stays forever in the forefront is when I realized that Jesus is the true reason for the season and, without Jesus, there would be no Christmas. 
     I often wonder what Jesus' first Christmas was like and what effected this new-born baby's  senses.  Within His sight, could He see the bright star directing the wise toward His location?  Could He hear the angels singing the song proclaiming, "A Savior is born?"  Could He smell the dusty scent of barnyard hay as it covered His manager bed?   Could He taste the dust laden hay that surrounded Him.  Could He already feel the nails that would eventually pierce His hands as He laid down His life for mankind? 
     Regardless of all this, Jesus really didn't care.  He came with a purpose, and He came to fulfill that purpose.  He died and He arose and I was saved because of it. 
    
                                                   Merry Christmas to All!

 

 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Anger

     The Holiday Season is a time for joy, yet I see so many people becoming angry and anxious with the shopping rush and the time it takes to get things done.  One thing I look for at checkout counters is whether the one waiting on me is smiling - a smile that radiates from the heart.  If I don't see it, instead of being just another impatient shopper, I pray that I stop my own busy pace in order to take a moment and say something nice or offer a friendly smile in an effort to make their day just a little brighter and more joyful. 

    So, what can be done about anger in order to weaken its power over thoughts and actions?

A sk!  Is my anger worth it?  Do I want to become its victim?
N ever let it control you.  Remember: "He who angers you controls you."
G ive it away.  Give it to God.  Pray about it. 
E experience it, but quickly let it go.
R ecognize it, but release it so it will weaken its power and neutralize it.
 
    

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Day The Lord Made

 One of my favorite scriptures comes from Psalm 118:24, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."     If I can start my day with a reminder of this verse, it helps me see the day as one of opportunity and blessings.  My days are not just past times, they are filled with meaning and life.   What I choose to do with them make me who I am and speaks volumes for my Christian walk. 

        The Day The Lord Made
"This is the day the Lord hath made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it."
  For, One day He died, yet arose;
  One day He saved me - a child He chose;  
  One day He forgave all He knows.
"This is the day the Lord hath made.
I will rejoice and be glad in it."
  For, this day, my burdens He hears;
  This day, He sustains through all my fears;
  This day, there are no forgotten years.
Oh!  Let me rejoice!
Let me lift up my voice.
  For this day He loves me;
  This day I am set free;
  This day, His grace helps me, just be. 
"I will rejoice and be glad in it."
  For, this day I am saved through Heaven's Source;
  This day I cast away my sins and remorse;
  This day He establishes my course.
Oh, yes!  Where is my voice through life's choice?
Let me sing and kneel to the King.
  For, "this is the day the Lord hath made.
  I will rejoice and be glad in it."
                                         Mary Crisp Jameson

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Founding Fathers

     I am sure that when the Founding Fathers gathered to "cuss and discuss" the Constitution there was adversity, much like we have today.  Let's face it, our Founding Fathers had flaws and family issues just like we do.  Even back then, as throughout the previous generations, there have been questions whether we are truly a Christian nation.  Our words and actions surely have not shown it. 
     In reading the Old Testament and God's instructions to Moses for the Israelites, God repeated time and time again for the people to "commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.   Tie them to your hands and wear them on your foreheads as reminders.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." (Deuteronomy  6:7-9 NLT) 
     In order to be that committed to following God's commands and to be that dedicated to teaching them to our children, we must first follow His instructions found in verse 5, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.."
     What are our words and actions showing our children today? 

    

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Saying "No"!

     How often does a parent catch themselves saying, "No!" to their children?  We do it for their own good, often to protect them from harm.  As our children grow older, we continue to say "No" to their requests when we consider it to be a harmful situation.  Our children don't like it any more than we like the fact that God sometimes says "NO" to our prayers, desires, and wishes, as well. 
     What I have to remind myself daily is that God is all-knowing.  He has the insight to know what is best for me now and in the future.  He will answer my prayers according to His will.  It is up to Him to give me the blessings I desire in due season within His timing.   
     Thank you God for looking out for me, for protecting me, and for guiding me into your plan for my life. 
    

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Megyn Kelly Interview

     As I watched an interview between Megyn Kelly and the woman who was fired for flipping off President Trump's motorcade, I was saddened by an adult woman's idea on how to solve problems and her idea on how to teach children respect.  I was saddened further by the applause from the listeners. 
     The interview went something like this:
Megyn:  "How did it feel to flip off the motorcade?"
Woman: "It felt great."
Megyn:  "Do you think it was right to be fired for your action?"
Woman: "Legal and right are not the same thing, are they?"
Megyn:  "Do you regret doing it?"
Woman: "I don't regret doing it. No, we have a big problem with this country."
Megyn:  "What message do you think you are communicating to your children?"
Woman:  "I think I am communicating to them to use their voice when they can, and how they can,  and when they have the opportunity."

     So, flipping off someone or something is using your voice!  So, flipping off someone or something is teaching respect! 
      I, for one, will have to strongly disagree.  I do not believe a finger flip solves a problem nor shows respect, nor does it show maturity at any level.  To quote the writer of today's Charles Stanley devotional, "Our thinking affects us more than we may realize, shaping us into who we are becoming.  Thoughts reap actions, actions reap habits, habits reap character, and our character reaps our destiny."  I will go even further by stating that our actions influence the actions of those around us, including our children.  We are certainly not seeking Christ or following His example when we are being disrespectful

Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."
    
    

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ten Plagues

      When God has a plan, nothing or anyone can stop it.  When Moses was sent to deliver the Israelites from the cruel hand of the Egyptians, he had to deal with a hard-hearted Pharaoh.  In fact, Pharaoh was so against what God requested that God actually issued 10 plagues  upon the Egyptians.  Why did God use 10 plagues, since He had the power to impose His will at any time?  Scriptures tell us, "I have planned this in order to display my glory through Pharaoh and his whole army.  After this the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord!" (NLV-Exodus 14:4)  
     I pray it does not take anything like these plagues to wake us up to what the Lord wants us to do; although, I must admit, we are having a lot of devastation  and turning from God today.    What will it take to wake up the souls of man to God and His wonderful salvation plan?  God did not send His only Son to earth to be crucified in order to be rejected. 
     As a reminder, here are the 10 plagues God used against the Egyptian people:

1.  The Nile turned to blood.  The fish died and the water stank.  There was none to drink.

2.  Frogs covered the land, entering bedrooms, jumping into ovens and kneading bowls. They tormented the poor Egyptian souls.

3.  Dust turned into swarms of gnats, covering everyone, people and animals alike.  They came from the dust and spread with the wind's gust.

4.  Next came swarms of flies.  They filled the houses and the palace.  No one was spared from their malice.

5.  The livestock died; horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep, and goats.  None were spared.  For this the people were unprepared.

6.  Festering boils infected the Egyptians and their animals.  The boils spread by soot and ashes in the air which was more than they could bear.

7.  A devastating hailstone blew in killing people and animals, wiping out plants and trees.  Yet it did not bring Pharaoh to his knees.

8  The East wind brought in swarms of locust which covered the whole country and darkened the land.  They devoured the plants and the fruit which had survived the hailstorm.  Not a single leaf remained, in any form.

9.  Deep darkness so thick the people could not see was brought upon the land.  No one moved, and all went un-soothed.

10.  It took death to break the stubborn heart as all the first born sons and animals were struck down.  This brought crying and loud wailing never heard before, all lasting for hours and more.