Monthly Archives: December 2012

Twas the Night Before Christmas

How do you prepare for Christmas?  I’ve spent a few days in eager anticipation of this mystical holiday.  I love Christmas. It’s a wonderful holiday thought it has little biblical foundation for the season.  I love preparing, putting thought into gifts for others, and gathering with friends and family.  The days between Christmas and New Year’s are time for thoughtful reflection, planning for the year ahead, and catching up on sleep while the world is on hold.

Here’s a few of my favorite Christmas treats:

Food:

Movies:

  • A Muppet Family Christmas
  • A Christmas Story
  • A Nativity Story
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas – both versions
  • Charlie Brown’s Christmas
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street

Christmas Music:

Advent Reading plans:

How are you preparing? What are your favorite things of Christmas?

 

I’m beginning to think that our family is in its cocoon state of life. We were the caterpillar for a little while. Striving through thick and thin to just stay alive. So now we are sheltered and getting our selves ready for the next step of life. To be a butterfly is to be free. To flutter around from here to there bringing peace and joy where ever we go. And even if something were to come along and hurt us we would simply show our colors and frighten the enemies away.

Wait Upon the Lord – O Come O Come Emmanuel

How long have you waited upon the Lord?  I mean both in the prayerful state, but also waiting on the Lord to make the connections needed or the provision desperately sought after.  How have you felt about that happening?

There are seasons life where we need to prayerfully sit and ponder the matters of the Lord.  We need to learn to be still and just wait.  But after a while that grows tiresome and our hope can falter.  What else are we to do while we wait?  Just keep repeating our prayers in hopes that this time He’ll move or hear us better?  Possibly we will just shout a little louder, as though that will somehow make Him take action.  We know He always hears us, He always remains with us. So why does it take time for Him to answer us?

It is always true that we should bring all things before Him and pray in His name.

John 16:23 “And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].”

So – will God just give us anything we ask? Does that have any bearing on when it will happen?  Is our waiting upon Him a measure of our faith?  Should we try harder?  We’ve asked, then we wait. We wait.  We wait some more.

He’s heard, we let go. We rely upon His Spirit to make requests on our behalf, and we take action to partner with Him.  But while we wait, remember this:

“The waiting doesn’t come because our hope isn’t in an answered prayer, but our hope is in Him.  He is our hope.” Mark Durniak

I only want to say and do what I see Him doing. But that doesn’t look like mindless robots, but being so intimately acquainted with His heart, His passion and His vision.  I will choose to ask Him my requests because as His daughter I can boldly come before the throne of grace and make my requests known.  But then I choose to trust He’s heard the prayers, He knows I’m waiting, and He will work with me for all that He plans to be brought forth in the right time.  I’ve asked, and rather than focusing on the requests I will choose to to focus on Him.

All my hope’s in You because a little over 2000 years ago You answered the cries “Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel”.  You came near and dwelt among us.  You faced life among us and rose again.

I’ve asked for the connections to be made, I’ve asked for provision and upgrades, I’ve asked for healing for others… I’ve ASKED. I forgo all that, and seek that time to be with Emmanuel – He is with us.

Time for an update…

It’s been a few months since we settled into normal life, and it’s time for an update.  I’ve gotten the site up to where I’d like it to be visually, and functionally.  I’m using this as a fairly plain self-hosted WordPress site so that I can test it for business, but I also am testing a lot of the core bells & whistles that WordPress is known for.

Look for updates weekly, if not daily, in the days ahead.  In the meantime, here’s a peak at our wedding, honeymoons, and other pictures along the travels: