Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Advent Week Two, The Bethlehem Candle

This second candle on our Advent wreath, is lit to remind us of the Father's love
in sending His Son, Jesus Christ, as the greatest gift to the world.


 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have 
eternal life. 
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn
the world, but in order that the world might be saved through
Him.    John 3:16-17



"For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called 
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end..."  Isaiah 9: 6-7




"But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for Me
One who is to be Ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days."  Micah 5:2






During this second week of Advent, let us be
a light of love to all we meet. In the rush and busyness
of these December days before Christmas, I pray that I may slow down, reflect upon God's gift of love, and share Christ's love in many ways to a dark and hurting world.


Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. "   Matthew 5: 14,16

I have been blessed in many ways this past week, but a few highlights are;
Joy of teaching ESL students and sharing an international meal with them as all the students and teachers gathered at the Chapel to celebrate Christmas.
Joy of taking photographs of a homeschooling family of eight for their Christmas pictures
Joy of weekly conversations via Skype with my dear Chinese friends
Joy of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who come to www.godlife.com Global Media Outreach
Joy of many hours singing  in preparation for our Christmas concerts this coming weekend.
Joy of decorating our family Christmas tree with our granddaughter.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

An Advent Journey


Sunday began our Advent season, a time of reflection, anticipation, joy and hope;
               a time to prepare our hearts for Christmas Day; remembering our Savior's birth,
                              born among men, to live a sinless, perfect life,
                                 to die upon a cross, taking our sins upon Himself,
                                          that we, who call on the name of the Lord may have eternal life with Him.

                                                                     "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the 
 Son of God does not have life. I write these things to 
you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life."
                                                          1 John 5:12-13

 
"...looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him
endured the cross, despising the shame,
 and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."                                                Hebrews 12:1


"I have come that they may have life,
     and that they may have it more abundantly."
                                                          John 10:10



The Prophecy Candle, or the Hope Candle, is the first one lit and signifies the beginning of the Advent season. We lit this candle at our church service and at our home, as a reminder of the Biblical prophesies concerning our Savior's birth.

                                                                        "The people who walked in darkness
                                                                         Have seen a great light;
                                                                         Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
                                                                         Upon them a light has shined."
                                                                                                              Isaiah 9:2
"

         "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
           He was in the beginning with God.  
           All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
           In Him was life and the life was the light of men.    
           And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it."
                                                                                                        John 1 :1-5                                                        


Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Cornucopia of Grace !

Thankful for Thanksgiving blessings!
 Lit candles glow on this Christmas
card designed by my artist mother-in-law, yet never finished, but put  in her art drawer, found, and now cherished by me, used to grace our table.



 Thanksgiving morning has dawned
with gentle, light falling snow upon a quiet, reflective morning.
As I continue with our Thanksgiving meal preparations, having begun yesterday, with hours of preparing casserole favorites, while listening to, and memorizing my soprano parts for our Christmas Program at our new church home;
I now reflect on His many gifts to me and our family.













Our "thankful tree" is filled with framed pictures of our children and grandchildren throughout the years, adding new ones each year.
Thank You, Lord, for the gift of family!

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy..
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness."
           Psalm 107:1-2, 8-9

Thanksgiving blessings to all!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wow! Winter Wonderland!

It was predicted and it happened!
There's  beauty here, I told myself,
so camera in hand, I ventured out,
captured very early AM peacefulness, and even went out on the roads for my
ESL teaching class.

Friends, let's be in prayer during these
very cold, winter days, for those traveling on the roads, for safety, and
God's protection.
Always carry blankets, water, emergency supplies when traveling during hazard driving conditions.
Praying for your safety, too.



"There are but two lessons for Christians 
to learn: the one is, to enjoy God in everything;
the other is, to enjoy everything in God."
            -Charles Simeon


"The question is not 
      what you look at
                 but what you see."
       Henry David Thoreau

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Have You Started Your Christmas List Yet?

I started my list this past Thursday as I looked out at soft, white, whirling snow- our first of the season.
For me, nothing begins a festive, joyful season more than  giving gifts to His children,
to bring hope into their
little lives with a shoebox filled with love.

Our church, The Chapel in Marlboro, is hosting Samaritan's Purse Christmas  shoe boxes to be distributed
to children around the world in name of Jesus.
 Such fun to fill two boxes, for a boy and girl and enclosing a letter sharing Jesus' love for them!

www.samaritanspurse.org  There's still time to pack your own shoebox with collection centers listed on their website. Have fun bringing a smile to a special child!

picture from Samaritan's Purse


Next on my list are the names of our sponsored children through Compassion International.
I love celebrating our Savior's birth with gifts to His children; Esmeralda, Elizabeth, Ishimwe,  Iradukunda Grace and Fedeline.

Christmas is a perfect time to share the love of Jesus by sponsoring a child.
                                                         www.compassion.com



Next on our family list of gift giving is Compassion's Gift Catalog.
My husband likes to choose these gifts, giving his favorites:
Bibles for the children, water filtration system, and livestock.
www.compassion.com/catalog.htm



As cold weather sets in here, I was reminded of the Iraqi  refugees who had fled from the militants to seek protection, food, shelter in Northern Iraq. Now cold  temperatures in
                                       30's at night are difficult for the families in need of blankets, and warm clothing.
                                                      
                                       Samaritan's Purse has already started a Middle East Relief Effort with their
                                       Winter Coats for Iraq    www.samaritanspurse.org
You, too, can be a part of this project and send needed winter supplies to Iraq. We can all be the hands and feet of Jesus in a hurting world this Christmas.

He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord,
         And He will pay back what he has given.  Proverbs 19:17 

God bless you, friends, during this special Christmas season!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Letter Writing to My Sponsored Children


Yes, today was set aside to spend time in writing to my five sponsored children with Compassion International and World Vision . I had each of their letters before me as I answered their questions, and our distance separated by miles and an ocean, became as close as the letters before me.

Loves brings us very near to each other, and thus, I spent my morning writing to five very special children.



Esmeralda is ten years old and lives in Nicaragua.
I will always remember my trip to visit her, and the blessings we shared  in getting to know each other.








                                       This is Iradukunda Grace and she will be
                                        9 years old this month.  She is from Rwanda.
                                        Happy birthday, Grace!                              
picture from compassion

 Compassion makes it so easy to write to my children online,
providing beautiful stationery, ease of attaching pictures, and
sending birthday and Christmas gifts to my children. All gifts
are bought locally in the children's own community, and especially
chosen for each child.
Compassion community centers in their countries provide a Christmas
party for all the community children, where they all receive a gift in the name of Jesus.
http://www.compassion.com 
Is God calling you to share your love this Christmas with one of His children in sponsorship?  You will truly be blessed when you receive your child's picture and information packet in the mail, and then your first letter.
 Please go to the site listed above and watch the video of a child receiving a letter from her new sponsor. Her tears of joy will bring tears of gratitude to your eyes for the blessings He has given to us, that we may share with others.

This is Ishimwe, he is 5
years old, and lives in Rwanda.
This precious, caring child hopes to be 
a doctor some day.







                This is Elizabeth from   
                Tanzania, and she will be 
                 6 years old in December.
                 Happy birthday,
                     Elizabeth!

This is Fedeline from Haiti. She is now 10 years old and she told me in her letter that she enjoys drawing.
We sponsor her through World Vision.

http://www.worldvision.org     

Answer the call, my friends, to touch the heart of a child this Christmas with the gift of sponsorship.              

Monday, November 3, 2014

Election Day, November 4, 2014


My friends, let's inform ourselves, pray for wisdom, and get out and vote, tomorrow, Nov.4th.

Be prepared for our ballot's issues. Vote with confidence. Go to   iVoters.com , a fast, free, nonpartisan

voter information service available in all 50 states.

Join  in the National Prayer Call, Tuesday, Nov. 4th, 11am to 12noon, ET
call 712-432-0075 and enter pin 4961322#

We need to pray now!

"If the people fail to vote, a government will develop which is not their government...
The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. 
Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to fail."

                               Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of United States 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

True Woman '14: Nancy Leigh DeMoss—Jesus, What a Wonderful Name!



My friends,listen to Nancy Leigh DeMoss' recitation of
 Jesus: What a Wonderful Name! 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh3POrHTsfY


Why memorize Scripture?
* Your desires change.
* You gain strength to fight temptation
* You'll have clear direction
* You'll be ready to share the Gospel
* Your prayers become more powerful
http://www.godlife.com/joy/prayer-letter/5-benefits-of-memorizing-scripture

Friday, October 31, 2014

Operation Love the Land


It's not too late to join in the 27 hours of prayer for our Nation.
 We are reading the entire New Testament to the praise and glory of God! Reading nonstop in every State, in all time zones.
Join me in this privilege of reading from His Holy Word. Join for an hour or longer and may you be blessed as we intercede for our Country before the Throne of Grace.

 Call to prayer: 12 midnight 10-31-14 to 3am Saturday November1

Conference number 559-726-1300  access code 596015#

www.getamericapraying.com

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
For brethren to dwell together in unity!   Psalm 133:1

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PRAY! PRAY! IT'S VOTING TIME!

Friends, in just one week, we have a chance to make a difference in our Country!
Let's get informed about the issues and candidates, then get out to vote.
We need to be in prayer for wisdom in our vote, for integrity in all aspects of the voting process, for the election of leaders who seek God's presence in our Country.
This Friday, October 31st, 12:15 ET join in an election prayer conference call.
phone 712-432-0075 (access code 1412452#)
Fast and Pray for Revival in our Land!
http://www.getouttheprayer.com   click here for more information. Thank you!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Days Like Spun Gold


" To everything there is a season,
           A time for every purpose under heaven."
                                                   Ecclesiastes 3:1



 Open my eyes, Lord, to the beauty around,
    
That I may see Your faithful love abound,
   
 in freshly fallen autumn color

      softly floating to the ground.





I am so blessed to have a friend who enjoys God's Country as I do. 





 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Welcome To Autumn!

 Two photo enthusiasts, Nikons in hand,
met at Quail Hollow Park for an entire morning of
capturing beauty, laughing, sharing, and enjoying
the gift of friendship.



Friendship is a sheltering tree.

"Autumn is a second spring
    when every leaf is a flower."
                   Albert Camus 
 "The tints of autumn...
a mighty flower garden blossoming
under the spell of the enchanter, frost."

John Greenleaf Whittier






 "Autumn... the year's last,
loveliest smile."
                   William Cullen Bryant




"I'm so glad I live in a world where there 
      are Octobers."
             L.M. Montgomery
                    Anne of Green Gables 






"Autumn carries more gold in its
pocket than all the other seasons."
                        Jim Bishop











                                                   Thank You, Lord, for the joys of autumn color and gift of 
 friendship to share the beauty of Your nature.