There’s a new routine every Christmas we ‘need’ to tend. It happens when we bring the wonderful Christmas tree home. We tend to the watering of our beautiful noble fir! In fact, this year the guy at the Christmas tree lot was very preoccupied with the watering of ‘his trees’ as he very proudly said to me. “Watering is everything to the tree! And then it is my responsibility to make certain several times a day, that I water all the trees I am responsible for.”
And it is our responsibility now too each day; even a couple times a day during it’s first few days with us. The beautiful fir tree becomes a Christmas tree as we trim it and began to decorate it with lights and our traditional family heirlooms! It brings everyone who sees it such awe and joy and a smile to their faces!
This past fall we have had a couple very tough challenges we are going through and the Christmas tree has brought me a special comfort this year. I think that is just like my Lord. Jesus brings comfort and joy in the midst of storms we all go through. The storm brews yet the assurance of His presence comforts and gives me a smile inside. I know from His promises “that my heart would have fainted if I had not believed I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. But He asks that I wait and wait with courage. (Psalm 27:13-14) And so, each morning when I water the tree I thank the Lord Jesus because He “waters’ me with good things, things of faith and hope and assurance of His eternal presence.
you promised me! I rearranged my schedule so we could go! I don’t get it? We
talked this so many times and you said, “I promise you Honey, you know how much
you mean to me.”
How many times have we heard the above painful responses? Maybe your child is broken-hearted from a best friend letting them down. Or how many times have those been our responses? I don’t know about you, but I have been on both ends, the receiver of a promise broken and a promise breaker. Trusting others with our hearts can be a fearful place to be; but then most of us are in that place- inside loving relationships. Our hearts are in other peoples’ hands.
What do you
think? Where do you put those relationships and how much power do you allow them over your heart/mind? I think the answer to
that one question can determine our truly authentic peace of mind in every
can’t be what others want us to be – perfect. Perfect in that we should be
kind, trustworthy, forgiving, and just about every other attribute that makes
for happiness. But ooops, it doesn’t work that way. Humans are not perfect. Sin
and it’s lethal inborne tragedy is a part of every human on earth. Humans
aren’t perfect but there is ONE source who is and was and will always be: God. In all His ways He is not only perfect but He
can’t be other than perfect . His perfect character makes His promises true,
trustworthy. True to be always and forever His WORD unbroken. Why? Because the
Word of is alive!
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Numbers 23:19
with other people not meeting my needs- their promises to me were like water
through a sieve. After years of not ‘getting it’ I have finally seen that ONLY
GOD; through Jesus Christ can meet my needs. Those pormises others say they
have for me? The Lord Jesus is the promise keeper and Him alone. So, I am not
surprised when others let me down. Sure, it hurts and many times lives are
destroyed because of broken promises from people, but God……
He is in the business of healing! Healing those who turn to His grace
and mercy! Look into God’s Word for yourself! There is no better time to begin
to hide or memorize God’s Word so you can hide it in your heart!
I so enjoyed watching the Wide World of Sports when I was just a girl with my Dad! 😊We would sit on the couch side by side, my Dad would be overcome with either complete shouting joy or shout at the TV and nearly falling off the couch in anger! Never the less it was where I gained my love for football. 🙂 Then the Wide World of Sports continued with my husband 😊 until it was off the air in 1998. ☹ My husband and I laugh from time to time when one of us, while watching like these Olympics look at the other and say… “AWWW, the thrill of victory and…..the agony of defeat!” A bit of trivia…who was the announcer?
We look forward to both summer and winter events of the Olympics…. some not so much and others with great enthusiasm. With that word said, “enthusiasm”, is to me, one of the classic emotions of the games.
In fact, what all of the games carry simultaneously are EXTREME emotions. No moderate emotion in between! Have you ever thought about it? I mean from the thrill of victory is what these mostly young adults are seeking and to stay on a that high! Their goal? Duh! THE GOLD. Aw, yes, the silver or the bronze are nice but the GOLD is the Thrill of Victory. I always have thought that tiny little phrase should be engraved on the back of each GOLD metal. Ha! JK, but no doubt about it we have all seen the Gold medal winner in their inexplicable thrill.
But then there is the other EXTREME emotion…the horrible and don’t even mention-type emotion of the agony of defeat that haunts that skier or skater, bob sled racer or snow boarder!!! The stomach churns and the face becomes pale, the heart pounds too many beats for comfort and then its time! Their time has come to attain the GOLD …what they have done for the past 4 years suddenly turns into the AGONY of defeat.
Why is January seem so long?
I went for a walk today. Its been cold but no rain here in California until yesterday! The rains are coming back to Northern California!
As I stepped outside to begin my walk I felt like ugh, maybe I won’t go out into the cold, the seemingly deadness of all the trees and sky so gray. It all made me want to just curl up in a blanket instead.
But I forced myself! So, as I went- the trees surprised me. I think I began to think and look at just why January was seemingly longer than other months and that the trees really were not cold and dead-looking! Maybe it seemed longer because December was so full of busy-ness and expectation? I know the trees really aren’t dead but just waiting, waiting for the right time to show-off what the is inside them! They are all different type trees up here …many varieties! Each tree I began to see is majorly full of HOPE…a hope that will be real to the eye come Spring. So, as I walked I thought to myself that the trees had a message for me. Everything that has life has HOPE just waiting to come forth. To be realized and become…. whatever it is inside, like the unique trees will one day, display gorgeous blossoms or leaves with birds to nest in, I too have all this God-given purpose inside me and it is to be ‘displayed’ at just the right time! The gray skies have a powerful sun behind them with blue skies!
Today I found more than a cold and empty January! Expecting more from tomorrows walk! What a place to encourage my family, grandkids and friends. What is your take on January? Please leave your comments at bottom of the post!
WHAT DID YOU READ about this morning or hear on the radio on your way into work? These days 9 times out of 10 the answer is just NOT GOOD NEWS. No matter what are personal opinions are about today’s world, politics, and the seemingly continued chaos, the news affects your emotions if you are truly honest with yourself. And more so if you are a parent of a middle schooler or high schooler. Our kids take it all in as much as we do but don’t have the years of experiential living to deal with it.
Studies show that their young minds are getting more and more anxiety ridden and most don’t realize this constant barrage of bad news brings on overwhelming symptoms. We parents are in position to defuse or lighten the emotions of our kids. If you could list the top 4 reasons why our teens and middle schoolers are depressed/anxiety ridden what would that list look like? Anything like this one I researched?
Control of the world around them or no control of their own lives adds to depression and anxiety. Lack of control or too much control affects them. Compared to decades past, today’s social issues, diseases, excess of materialism brings on confusion and the feeling that these impressionable youths have no control over their own lives.
Have your Tween or Teen’s Interests Become Obsessions?
Lately you notice your tween or teen rearranging their room; one detail after another. For several months, all they did was do games or talk about the stuff on their I-pod touches. Games and apps flooded your tweens mind! Becoming one-tracked or obsessed in our thinking can cut anyone off from other activities or friends.
Interests or passions are what makes life exciting and help your kids to discover what they might like to do as an adult! But though it is so important to have interests and learn all about them, it is also cool to have a balance! Balance is making our daily lives useful for us and others.
Why not:take that awesome interest and find new ways learn about it. Maybe suggest decorating their room and then let their friends know they’d like to help them do the same. Or again suggest your teen meet with other kids regularly to just talk and research their interests on the net about some great design ideas!
Instead of playing games on their iPod-touch or on the X-Box or other device, help your tween or teen see their talent for making up a game or making of video of an idea they have. Are any of our kids talented with drawing? Help them to see that gift in drawing a game and it’s different levels? Gather a few kids together regularly and brainstorm ways to turn computer games into board games for younger kids!
Kids are always ready and eager for us parent’s positive/constructive comments and yes, even compliments! We can’t praise their work/efforts/and their willingness to work together, enough!
FAITH-IT INCH BY INCH… YOU BELIEVE JESUS AS YOUR LORD, BUT DO YOU BELIEVE HIM FOR WHAT HE PROMISES YOU IN HIS WORD?
We go to church, Sunday School, Life-groups, take time for devotions, take our faith everywhere with us all day long, and believe God, right? Not always is that the case. Do I really believe He, my Savior, will totally hear my prayers? Why are some prayers seemingly not answered and others are on spot?
Bottom line: When we pray for anything, we are asked to first BELIEVE that God is able to do that thing.
“But when he asks, he must believe and don’t doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord, he is a double-minded man.” James 1:6-7
Hmmm. But what does God do when we feel hopeless? What does the Lord do when all the reality of the problem seems to point to ‘NO WAY OUT’ or “A MIRACLE? I DON’T THINK SO”. How many times do we come up feeling empty after asking God? We looked everywhere we know to look for His answer but did we ask our heavenly Father- truly believing God for His answer?Continue reading
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We thought it would never arrive. No way- how can my child already be growing up?! Some pimples, facial hair poking through, or her chest filling out are all the tale-tale signs of puberty? How do we approach these very sensitive areas with our tweens? After all, this age alone has challenges as they change in mood and interests. Puberty is an unknown and with all unknowns comes a little anxiety, some fear, and just uncomfortable feelings.
Pace: Kids at different times – at their own pace according to their bodies. But typically boys are a bit later than girls- 9-15 and girls 8-14. Again there is no set time. Of course it makes them ill at ease. Some later than others or earlier than their peers makes for anxiety in some form. What is our experience? How can we BEST be equipped to help our tween?
Be On top: How can we best educate ourselves before our tweens comes with their questions? How can we explain in their language what IS puberty? What are the signs and what do boys and girls experience during this change?
Growing up: Change does not need to be upsetting or something to fear. It’s all about becoming an adult.
Girls: Let’s remember back when we went through puberty. Girls will begin to get a figure – wider hips, their chest will become womanly- breasts will grow, they will get their period and what is all that about? They will get a vaginal discharge as well. Why? How does that work into being an adult? Continue reading
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