Friday, December 19, 2014

She Said Yes




This morning the snow is falling.  I am doing my morning devotions and today I am thinking about Mary. Imagine her surprise when she was told by Gabriel that she was the one chosen to bring the Messiah into the world. Jewish history tells us that they knew of the coming Messiah. She had known He would be coming~ but to be the one chosen. I can only imagine what emotions she must have felt. 

Notice below in the verses found in Luke ~ verse 38 says she said "yes." She was willing and ready to say "yes" to the will of the Lord. 

 This time of year we overload our already busy schedules beyond capacity. Lets say "no" to that which we can't possibly handle without losing our joy. But say "yes" to the opportunity to do the will of the Lord.  I like to think of it this way~ Say "yes" when you sense a higher purpose that only you can fill. Today as we scurry about doing all that stuff that needs to be done let's not miss the opportunity to say "Yes" to doing the will of God ~ especially in the midst of the Christmas hustle and bustle.




Luke 1:30-33King James Version (KJV)

30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wise Men Still Seek Him


In 1879~ a Boston reporter saw three little girls standing in front of a Toy Store looking into a store window full of toys. One of the small girls could not see. The reporter listened as the other two girls tried their best to describe in detail the marvelous toys that were in the store window. He had never considered just how hard is was to explain to someone without sight what something looked like. That incident became a story for the newspaper.

Two weeks later that reporter attended a meeting held by Dwight L. Moody. He was there to catch the famous evangelist in an inconsistency. Imagine his surprise when Mr. Moody used his very account of the children he had just written about to illustrate a truth. "Just as the blind girl couldn't visualize the toys," said Moody, "so an unsaved person can't see Christ in all His glory."

So many people today are unaware of the true identity of Jesus because they are spiritually blind. This very morning I was once again disgusted over the talk of Fox News about those that want "Christmas" removed from schools, political ranks and on the front lawns of our government offices.  Just because we call a "Christmas tree" a "Holiday tree" doesn't change the fact that it has been and always will be a "Christmas tree."

 I confess that I often ask  God to forgive me for not spreading the Gospel Message that has changed my life and my way of thinking. If only we would share Jesus Christ and that He is not a baby in a manger only at Christmas time. These people wanting to get rid of CHRISTmas have never met my Saviour and they are spiritually blind. It is my job to pray that they will open their eyes and believe that the Lord of glory died for all our sins. Then and only then will their eyes be opened~ and recognize who He really is.


2 Corinthians 4:3-6 (King James Version)


 3But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
 4In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
 5For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
 6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.


What child is this, who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?  —Dix
Wise men still seek Jesus.






Sunday, December 14, 2014

Crock Pot Peanut Clusters~ Oh So Good!






Cast of Characters~

2 pounds almond bark
1 bag of milk chocolate chips ~ (or which flavor you prefer)
1 Jar of salted roasted peanuts


Place all into a crock pot. Set on low. Watch closely. Set a timer and stir every 15 minutes until melted. Mine took 45 minutes but all pots are different and it will scorch easily. Drop by the teaspoons onto wax paper until firm. Place in an airtight container. Enjoy! 



Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Best Sugar Cookies Ever~




Angie's Sugar Cookie Recipe
2 cups sugar
1 cup Crisco
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cream of tartar
5 cups of flour
scant of salt

* Cream sugar and Crisco together until light and fluffy.

* Beat in eggs.

* Add milk and vanilla.

* Add in sifted flour cream of tartar, baking soda and baking powder ~ slowly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Do not over bake. Take from oven when just lightly golden.

Frosting~

2 pounds powdered sugar
2 Tbs. Butter
2 tsp. almond flavoring
evaporated milk to desired texture


Yummy~ now just serve with ice cold milk. They are sure to be Santa's favorite cookie in my house anyways!




Friday, December 12, 2014

No Scrooge Here~



Say Goodbye to Scrooge~

If we are so focused on our list of never ending task we get grumpy! Maybe it is better to buy sugar cookies from the baker instead of being grouchy to our husband and family.  Lets focus on the Saviour and make a vow to not be a Scrooge this Christmas by letting some things go~ taking time to focus on the reason for the season. It is here now ~ so what didn’t get done can be done next year.

Proverbs 17:22
A merry heart doeth good like medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Don’t Listen To the Spirit of Christmas Past~

We all have loved ones that are not with us for many different reasons. We all have disappointments that seem to pull at our heart strings this time of year when it is all suppose to be holly and jolly. But we can’t let a history of past Christmases ruin the present Christmas. By the grace of God~ we can allow this Christmas to be filled with God’s goodness and grace.  The choice is ours how we behave! Let’s not act like Scrooge!

Philippians 3:13-14
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Jesus Christ.

Don’t Forget The Spirit of Christmas Future~

Christmas is the day that the world rejoices to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour. He is not a baby in a manger.  He is God’s only Begotten Son who came as a baby but left this earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He came to take away the sin of fallen man. He came to take away my sin and yours! Wow~ that is reason alone to celebrate this Christmas like never before. Let’s not make it about Santa~ shopping, the stressful to-do list or even warm fuzzy feelings. Baking cookies~ making fudge and giving gifts to those we love is not wrong if we remember that it is all about Jesus!

Lets vow to remember the Son of God will one day return to rule this earth. He will one day make the wrongs ~ right.  As we read the Christmas story ~ we must remember that He is alive and He is longing to have a relationship with us today and for all eternity.


When we place our faith and trust in the God of the manger ~this is what we have to celebrate in our future.



For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “
 “plans to prosper you and not harm you, 
plans to give you a hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11


May you  have a Christ centered Christmas!


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