Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas

Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus
1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels
8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Looking forward to Celebrating Christ's Birth

Good Morning! I was just sitting down and going through the things I want to do before Christmas arrives. The list is not short but not overwhelming either. We have always been a family that tries to make many of our gifts and this year is not an exception.

However, I was reminded of a Christmas just a few years ago that was so overwhelming and crazy that I did not enjoy it at all! It was a year that I decided I did not have time to "make" anything and instead went shopping for all my gifts. ARGH!!! It was a total mess. I was unhappy, frustrated, never home and found myself spending more time than ever before and got less done.

Good Lesson Learned! It's not about getting to give because you have to. It's about loving to give because you want to! And that changes everything! Attitude. It is huge! Not just at Christmas time but in everything we do in life!

I am so blessed to be a stay at home mom and have my kids home with me too! There are so many things we have time to do together and enjoy together and I would not trade that for anything! God has been good to us and honored our commitment to Him, family and hard work. I could ask for no more!

Take time, today, to enjoy a moment with your family. Put on some Christmas music, light the tree, make hot cocoa and craft an ornament for everyone on your list. You will love it! Your kids will love it!! And those who receive them will be glad you took time together to do something special for them!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Can You Give ONE Degree More?

In life, the one thing that separates the good from the great is often just one small degree of effort. It’s that one extra degree that makes all the difference.

Watch this short movie. “212° The Extra Degree”. Turn up your speakers and click on the link below.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Never Give Up!

One of my favorite movies... Facing The Giants. This clip is WELL WORTH WATCHING!!!

"I can do ALL things, through Christ, who gives me strength!" Phil. 4:13

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Freedom to Choose When and Where We Work is PRICELESS!

The current economic situation is causing many to be out of work or fearing they may be out of work. As a result they are now looking at what other options may be out there for them. One thought is to consider if it's a good time to start a home based business. So many people only dream of working for themselves but sadly never take the plunge. When the security of a J. O. B. is gone or at risk, it is a good time to consider other options. This could be a great time to start your own home business if you are motivated and prepared to make it a success.